school funding

Districts to receive additional funds under new funding model

The Illinois State Board of Education has notified school districts serving Homewood and Flossmoor of the new monies they will receive under the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act of 2017.
 
The measure is meant to comprehensively change the way school districts receive the bulk of state funds sending more resources to Illinois’ most under-resourced students, according to an ISBE news release.
 

Homewood District 153 budget will balance with referendum funds

The District 153 school board approved a balanced 2018 budget of $22.26 million because of an additional $640,000 raised in the 2016 referendum.
 
Revenues, expected at $21.62 million, cannot meet all the expenses despite the administration’s best attempts at holding the line on costs.  The board unanimously approved the budget at its Sept. 18 meeting.
 

Fine-tuning bus service in District 161 reduces complaints this year

A representative of the school bus company serving Flossmoor School District 161 was on hand at Monday’s Board of Education meeting to respond to parents’ complaints even though school district and bus company officials acknowledged that things are running smoothly as the school year entered its third week. 
 

H-F High will have its 13th balanced budget

Homewood-Flossmoor High School will have a balanced 2018 budget. It is the 13th consecutive year the district has been in the black.
 
Business manager Ken Parchem said the $53.76 million budget shows a 1.7 percent increase in revenues over the 2017 budget. 

“Overall revenues are fairly flat. We show a $600,000 overall increase. Expenditures are up 3.8 percent,” he said. 
 

Davis: Compromise school funding legislation puts districts ‘on right path’

Monday’s passage of a compromise school funding bill in the Illinois House was “20 years in the making,” state Rep. Will Davis said.

Speaker Madigan says compromise bill will help school kids

After the Illinois House of Representatives approved a new funding formula for schools Monday, Aug. 28, House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement:
 
“Today we saw compromise. Instead of pitting children and communities against each other, Democrats and Republicans came to an agreement on much of what’s in this bill. And even where we don’t fully agree, we’re willing to work together in good faith and meet each other half way.
 

Sen. Hutchinson votes to override veto on school funding

Illinois Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D – Chicago Heights, who represents Flossmoor in the Illinois legislature, released the following statement Sunday, Aug. 13, after voting to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of historic school funding reform contained in Senate Bill 1. 
 

Munchkins get look at scary wizard, school funding apocalypse

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The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

A compromise was reached on the state budget, but school funding remains a question mark, it's fate bound up with a bill Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto. Local schools will open, but the question mark remains.

Rep. Davis on school funding: 'It’s better when everybody wins’

Rep. Will Davis (D-Homewood) is one of 25 appointees serving on a bipartisan commission tasked to present the Illinois Legislature with a new education funding formula.

Davis told the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle that doesn’t necessarily mean moving from the current system that uses property taxes to primarily fund schools. Rather, the commission will look at new ways of measuring critical needs and how best to fund them.

Hutchinson supports $2.2 million increase in local school funding

Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) said an increase for schools passed by the Illinois Legislature and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday will bring an estimated $2.23 million to schools in Homewood and Flossmoor.

Hutchinson’s district includes parts of Flossmoor. She was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 2047 that funds these increases.

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