The end of the spring legislative session is just around the corner. Elected officials in Springfield will be hard at work throughout the holiday weekend, trying to wrap up their work on major issues by midnight on May 31.
One of the most important of these issues is the new budget. For Illinois students, the good news is that our elected leaders seem to be pulling in the same direction when it comes to investing an additional $350 million into the Evidence-Based Funding formula. We will also be looking out for funding for other critical programs – like early childhood education, MAP grants for low-income college students, and teacher and principal mentoring.
With the finish line in sight, now is the time to urge Springfield to finish the job and invest $350 million in new education funding.
Increased State funding is crucial to closing the gap to fully fund Illinois schools, where funding disparities remain stark.
We’ve seen with our own eyes the impact of new education funding in schools across Illinois. Evidence-Based Funding has enabled things like increased social and emotional supports, more teachers to help students achieve their potential, modernized technology, and improved access to career and technical education programs.
Tell your legislators that schools need reliable funding to build a brighter future for Illinois students. Urge them to invest $350 million in Evidence-Based Funding.