Action alert. Special education funding.

Today at 3 P.M. an Illinois House Committee will talk about (but NOT vote) on Amendment 1 to House Bill 2808 (changing all of school funding in Illinois). 

Amendment 1 to HB 2808 would ELIMINATE direct and dedicated funding for special education teachers (and others providing direct help for students with IEPs), and allow local schools to spend that money on anything they call special education.

Amendment 1 would change HB 2808 by taking away 10 percent of the NEW money that would go to the poorest schools (Tier I)and give that extra 10 percent instead to Tier II schools (not as poor).

Schools with more wealth (Tier III and Tier IV) would still receive almost no NEW money (just 1 percent for both combined).

We were told that THE purpose of HB 2808 was to help the poorest schools.

Your can create a Witness Slip AND call the Members of the Committee.

1. To create a Witness Slip opposed to House Bill 2808, Amendment 1, click on the following link – http://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create?committeeHearingId=14980&legislationId=0

2. Under Section I: Identification, fill out all information. Under Firm/Business or Agency you can type None.

Under Title you can type None.

3. Under Section II: Representation, if you are creating a witness slip on behalf of a group, fill out with the name of your organization. If you are not submitting a witness slip on behalf of a group or organization, type Self or Myself or your name.

4. Under Section III: Position, under Subject Matter click on Comprehensive hearing… then click Opponent.

5. Under Section IV: Testimony, check the box stating Record of Appearance Only.

6. In the box, Type the text (that appears above it)

7. Check the box stating I Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.

8. Click Create (Slip) to submit slip.

IN ADDITION YOU CAN CALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE.

Get their telephone numbers by clicking on their name below. Leave a message on WHY you are opposed to House Bill 2808, Amendment 1. (because it removes direct and dedicated funding for special education teachers, because it gives 10 percent less money to the poorest school districts, etc.)

Chairperson :

William Davis

D

Vice-Chairperson :

Elizabeth Hernandez

D

Republican Spokesperson :

Robert W. Pritchard

R

Member:

Carol Ammons

D

Member:

Thomas M. Bennett

R

Member:

Avery Bourne

R

Member:

John Cavaletto

R

Member:

Melissa Conyears-Ervin

D

Member:

La Shawn K. Ford

D

Member:

LaToya Greenwood

D

Member:

Jeanne M Ives

R

Member:

Sheri Jesiel

R

Member:

Theresa Mah

D

Member:

Emily McAsey

D

Member:

Michelle Mussman

D

Member:

Steven Reick

R

Member:

Dave Severin

R

Member:

Justin Slaughter

D

Member:

Joe Sosnowski

R

Member:

Cynthia Soto

D

Member:

Emanuel Chris Welch

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