For almost two years, Illinois has operated with just a partial budget for education and a “stopgap” budget for most everything else, leading to cuts at local government entities, community service organizations and education agencies that support our families and communities. Even though education has been funded, schools and students still suffer due to the lack of certainty, inequitable funding and current unpaid bills from the state.
On April 24, 2017, a statewide initiative called “Pass Illinois’ Budget” was launched with the support of more than 380 Illinois school district superintendents. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner to do the following:
- Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
- Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education institutions, throughout the state.
- Pay school districts what they are owed this year.
As of April 25, 2017, the State of Illinois owes Central District 301 $1,995,886.59 in Mandated Categorical payments. These payments support important services, such as special education, bilingual education, transportation, and others.
Here’s how you can help:
- Contact your legislator! Click here to find your legislator and ask him/her to take action to address the three items cited above.
- Use social media to share your budget concerns with the hashtag #PassILBudget.
- Change your profile picture to the Pass IL Budget logo.
- Ask your friends and community members to join our efforts.
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