The attack on dedicated special education funding continues.
Late yesterday the Manar amendment to completely change how Illinois funds schools was assigned to the Illinois State Senate Executive Committee for a Hearing TODAY, April 13, 2016, at 1:30PM in Capitol 212 in Springfield, IL.
Senate Floor Amendment 1 would reduce funding for special education by almost 1/3, would put that funding into a special education formula block grant, and completely ELIMINATE current Illinois laws directly tying funding to SPECIAL EDUCATION programs (such as the Illinois law that now gives $9,000 to a local school district for EACH special education teacher and other professional personnel working full-time with students with IEPs).
A local school district would receive exactly the same amount of money in the special education formula block grant if it has 100 special ed teachers or if it fired 90 of them and has 10.
You can OPPOSE the special education parts of Senate Floor Amendment (SFA) 1 to Senate Bill 231 by filling out a Witness Slip THIS MORNING.
Fill in all the boxes.
For Firm/Business, or Agency, if you do not represent one of them, put in NONE.
Under III. Position, click on the arrow under Description where it says Original Bill. Then click on SFA 1.
Click on Opponent.
Then click on Record of Appearance Only.
To verify that you are a live person, type the text.
Mark I agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement and then click on Create (Slip).
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT SENATORS KNOW THERE IS OPPOSITION TO THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PARTS OF SENATE FLOOR AMENDMENT 1 TO SENATE BILL 231.