When the Illinois legislature passed a state funding bill this year it was advanced as a move toward equity even though there is not enough state revenue to provide funding adequacy.
It included what they called an Evidence Based Model (EBM).
Illinois’ new K-12 public education funding formula, also known as the Evidence Based Model (EBM), uses peer-reviewed research to calculate a funding target for every school district in the state.
In my opinion the funding bill was always essentially flawed. State Senator Andy Manar and State Senator Daniel Biss were among the chief advocates of the measure. They argued that the state could not achieve funding adequacy any time soon. The bill would move some dollars from some districts to others. The proponents saying it was in the interest of equity. But because the state is prevented from raising significant revenue because of an income tax system favoring the wealthy, no significant new dollars were added to the pot.
It shows dramatically that without adequacy we have achieved equity with every CPS school being shorted of adequate funding for our children.
Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability will be on Hitting Left tomorrow, Friday, at 11am. http://www.lumpenradio.com 105.5fm CDT and on podcast.