Illinois’ ed funding bill wanted equity and that is what we have. Every CPS school is in the red. CTBA’s Ralph Martire is on Hitting Left on Friday.

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CTBA’s Ralph Martire. On Hitting Left.

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).

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability explains 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.

CTBA has provided us with a  searchable table of every Chicago public school’s funding target according to the state’s Evidence Based Model, its actual funding, and the difference between the two.

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.

5 Replies to “Illinois’ ed funding bill wanted equity and that is what we have. Every CPS school is in the red. CTBA’s Ralph Martire is on Hitting Left on Friday.”

  1. Your opinion is 100% correct, Fred; the bill was & is most certainly flawed (Peter being robbed to pay Paul, & something fishy in that it was so pushed {for at least 3 years, until they got their legislators to ram it through, finally) by Advance ILL-Annoy, a pro-charter organization right in step (perhaps the dark money portion: you can see campaign contributions from I.S.f.C., but haven’t been able to find any from Advance) with ILL-Annoy Stand for Children (pro-privatization, pro-charter & evil spawn of founder Jonah Edelman who came to ILL-Annoy & meddled in odious bill SB 7 Again, as with “Pensions being the problem,” the problem being is that there is NO NEW REVENUE (unless you count the money that was stolen–yes, I say stolen–from the dedicated special education funding, to the tune of $9,000/special ed. staff hirees, plus the money taken from approx. 25-30 other programs that were kiboshed). We still have a flat tax (although there is some action that is going on to a fair tax to referendum), even though the vast majority of states do not.
    Glad you’re having Ralph on–will be listening!

  2. This just in: How much funding does every Chicago public school need to educate the children it serves?

    And how big is the gap between that need and its actual funds? Now you can find out.

    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. Bobby Otter, CTBA Budget Director, been busy running that same model for each individual school within Chicago Public Schools (CPS). He then compared the results with actual funding.

    The result: A searchable table of every Chicago public school’s funding target according to the state’s Evidence Based Model, its actual funding, and the difference between the two.

    Using this data, CTBA projects that the individual schools were underfunded by $2.435 billion in FY2017. The table below shows CTBA’s projected Adequacy Target for all CPS schools ($5.740 billion) compared to the FY2017 Ending Budget ($3.305 billion). Overall CPS schools reach 57.6 percent of their Adequacy Target.

  3. 50 schools were closed in Chicago…were did the teachers from those schools end up????? Drop in enrollment…less teachers and admin??

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