VERNON HILLS, Ill. – To counteract the increasing reliance that local school districts have on property taxes for funding, State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, recently voted for a new school funding formula that would annually provide schools in her district over $700,000 in additional funding from the state of Illinois.
“Every student deserves a robust education that will equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a globalized economy,” Sente said. “Every teacher deserves the resources and support required to excel in the classroom. Every principal deserves the ability to provide after-school programs, computer labs, foreign language classes and other enrichment activities. “This legislation renews our shared commitment to our students, teachers and principals by increasing our investment in education.”
Illinois is constitutionally mandated to serve as the primary funder of education, but the state’s contribution to total education funding has dipped below 40 percent in recent years. Residents have forcibly made up the difference through higher property taxes, especially in the northern suburbs. Sente recently voted for Senate Bill 1, which would create a new school funding formula, providing over $700,000 in additional state money to local schools if signed into law. Unlike previous proposals brought before the General Assembly, the legislation ensures that no schools in Illinois would lose money as a result of the new school funding formula.
In order to help answer questions about the new proposal, Sente is hosting a town hall meeting on education funding and the budget with leaders on educational advocacy. At the event, Sente will provide an update on the education funding bill, ongoing efforts to foster bipartisan compromise to end the budget impasse and then answer questions in the remaining time.
What: Education Funding and Budget Town Hall
Who: State Rep. Carol Sente; State Rep. Will Davis, Chairman, House Elementary & Secondary Education Appropriations Committee; Brent Clark, Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Administrators; Jessica Handy, Government Affairs Director, Stand for Children; Prentiss Lea, Superintendent, Community High School District 128; and Michael Lubelfeld, Superintendent, District 109
When: Tuesday June 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Ivy Hall Elementary School’s MAT Room, 1072 Ivy Hall Ln., Buffalo Grove (use Door 4 as the entrance)
For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact Sente’s full-time constituent service office at 847-478-9909 or RepSente@gmail.com.
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