A controversial rewrite of the state’s system of funding schools would dramatically cut state aid to local schools in the 25th Senate District, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.
Passed by a 32-19-6 vote of the Senate May 27, Senate Bill 16 would result in a cut of more than $5.2 million for local school districts. Senator Oberweis voted against Senate Bill 16.
“The massive reallocation of state education dollars under Senate Bill 16 targets some areas of the state, significantly reducing the scarce dollars suburban schools receive, while significantly increasing funding for other regions,” Senator Oberweis said. “Many suburban school districts will lose more than 70% of their state funding. These are districts that already receive very little in state support.”
Senator Oberweis said Senate Bill 16 started as a bipartisan effort to address inequities in the state’s school-aid formula, but the legislation has quickly morphed into a partisan plan that could exacerbate existing inequities in funding and force taxpayers statewide to subsidize pension payments for Chicago teachers.
Figures provided by the Illinois State Board of Education show the impact the legislation would have on individual school districts.
• Batavia Unit School District 101 would receive $3,976,604 less.
• Community High School District 94 would receive $1,976,969 less.
• West Chicago School District 33 would receive $2,154,580 more.
• Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 would receive $1,408,833 less.
Senate Bill 16 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.