school funding

Illinois’ budget woes will have direct impact on Homewood District 153 schools

The Illinois Legislature’s failure to fund schools will “ruin” Homewood District 153’s financial structure, according to Superintendent Dale Mitchell.

The failure of state government to adopt a budget and establish a school financial plan will further erode District 153 financial health. The inability of the legislature to act also means District 153 loses federal money for textbooks and special education, Mitchell wrote in a district newsletter.

Rep. Davis says state’s schools may be too ‘comfortable’ for funding change

Change is hard for both the Illinois Legislature and Illinois’ schools, says Rep. Will Davis, D-Homewood. Even though research shows Illinois is not putting adequate resources into its schools, the Legislature hasn’t found a viable way to improve funding.

Homewood school board considering enrollment shifts, dissolving Millennium School

The Homewood District 153 school board is considering shifting fifth graders to Churchill School as a cost-cutting move. Parents were notified of the proposal Friday as administrators and school board members look at ways to save money in light of decreasing state support. Shifting students could save as much as $600,000 per year.

Hastings announces new bill to counter problems with SB 16


State Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) announced a new bill, Senate Bill 3673, that would address concerns with the Senate Bill 16, a proposal to make school funding more equitable across the state. 


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