Call Springfield today. Oppose SB231 and HB 3190.

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-Bev Johns

Today, please call your State Representative in Springfield.

Get your State Representative’s name and Springfield  telephone number at –

http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

Ask them to OPPOSE Senate bill 231 and House Bill 3190 if they are called for a vote in the Illinois House of Representatives:

BOTH SENATE BILL 231 AND HOUSE BILL 3190 WILL HARM SPECIAL EDUCATION. BOTH BILLS WOULD ELIMINATE THE $9,000 FOR EACH SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER NOW IN ILLINOIS LAW, AND PUT IN PLACE FORMULA SPECIAL EDUCATION BLOCK GRANTS THAT COULD BE SPENT FOR ANY PURPOSE.

Senate Bill 231 would cut funding for special education by almost 1/3, and give the same amount of money for special education if a school district identified 3 percent or 12 percent of its students for special education.

House Bill 3190 would combine SB 231 (for next school year) with the Evidence Based plan (for the 2017-2018 school year) meaning local school districts would have 3 completely different State funding systems in 3 years. NO one knows how much HB 3190 would cost, or how much State money each school district would receive.

HB 3190, just like SB 231, provides NO money for schools – it is NOT an appropriation bill, but a plan to change the school funding formulas.

As for SB 231, HB 3190 is a funding plan WITHOUT strings: it does NOT require the hiring of a special education teacher.

For special education, HB 3190 is based on VERMONT.

Every child in the general education classroom, taught by the general ed teacher as in Vermont?

Some want special education to largely disappear, and for general ed and the general ed teacher to do it all.

Vermont is the leading State for full inclusion of all (or almost all) students with disabilities in the general education classroom full-time.

136 schools in Vermont report having ZERO special ed teachers, while 49 of the 136 schools report having special ed aides and this is based on actual services in a school: several other schools reported having 1/2 of a special ed teacher. 

It would be hard to find a State more different from Illinois than Vermont.

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