The recently passed public school funding measure, Senate Bill 1947, is slated to provide targeted property tax relief to certain sections of Illinois, including several school districts in Will County.
Indian Prairie School Superintendent Karen Sullivan sided with many other Illinois school officials opposed to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s school funding plan even though their districts would have received more funding under the governor’s plan.
A new public school funding bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature, SB1947, includes a scholarship program that would award donated funds to students in lower-income families — up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level — to provide them the opportunity to attend private schools.
The ongoing impasse over the state's school funding bill has prompted Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) to file legislation to fund schools at the same levels as last year and temporarily remove the legislative road block to get money to schools, according to a press release.
Will County's 35 school districts will receive an extra $17.25 million this year if the Illinois House accepts Gov. Bruce Rauner's version of a school funding bill, according to an analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.