Members of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission met Sept. 7, as lawmakers and the Governor’s office attempt to get a handle on the challenges of changing the way schools are funded in Illinois. This week the Commission's discussion centered on equity and how increasing equitability in school funding will translate into greater academic achievement and increased opportunities for Illinois students.
Equal funding does not translate into equitable funding, which accounts for the needs of all students and provides them with the resources they need to achieve. Illinois is a highly diverse state, serving student populations with dramatically different needs. Every day teachers and administrators throughout Illinois navigate the challenges that come with teaching low-income students, English learners and students with special needs. These students require greater resources in order to bridge learning gaps and improve outcomes. Improving equity within Illinois’ system of school funding will provide school districts with the financial boost they need to best serve these children.
The next meeting of the commission will take place on Sept. 21. For more information on the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, as well as updates and hearing materials, you can visit the ISFRC website.