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Cunningham: Southwest suburban schools to receive additional $4.3M in Year 2 of new formula

cunningham 052418SPRINGFIELD – Southwest suburban families will continue to benefit from Illinois’ new school funding formula, which guarantees local schools will receive nearly $4.3 million more this year than they did last year, State Senator Bill Cunningham said today.

That means the new formula will have pumped more than $7.6 million in additional money into schools in the 18th State Senate District during its first two years on the books.

“Superintendents are making meaningful changes in schools and classrooms across the southwest suburbs because of the new formula,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who supported the overhaul of Illinois’ archaic school funding formula. “Schools that have gotten the short end of the stick for years are moving to the front of the line for support, and that’s how it should be.”

Statewide, many school districts are rehiring teachers and counselors who were laid off because of budget constraints, reinstating vital programs, creating innovative new learning programs, and establishing much-needed stability so they can budget for the future.

Under Illinois’ evidence-based model, no schools receive less money than they did the previous year, and last year’s new money becomes part of the current year’s base funding minimum. This allows long-underfunded schools to achieve adequate funding over time without penalizing schools that have already had adequate funding.

For example, last year – the first year under the new formula – Chicago Ridge District 127-5 received $1.2 million in new, additional state money. This year, more than $923,000 will be added to the district’s total for 2018-2019 under the formula, bringing its total state funding for the academic year to nearly $9.6 million

North Palos School District 117 received more than $620,000 under the new formula last year. This year, more than $1.3 million will be added to the district’s total for 2018-2019 under the formula, bringing the district’s total state funding to more than $11.1 million for this school year.

A breakdown of local schools’ funding for 2018-2019 under Year 2 of the evidence-based model, according to calculations by the Illinois State Board of Education:

  • North Palos School District 117 — $1,332,987 in new money | $11.2 million total state contribution
  • Palos CCSD 118 — $3,245 in new money | $1.6 million total state contribution
  • Oak Lawn-Hometown SD 123 — $249,541 in new money | $6.4 million total state contribution
  • Evergreen Park Elementary SD 124 — $90,580 in new money | $2.9 million total state contribution
  • Worth SD 127 — $460,997 in new money | $5.3 million total state contribution
  • Chicago Ridge SD 127-5 — $923,372 in new money | $9.6 million total state contribution
  • Orland SD 135 — $5,885 in new money | $4.4 million total state contribution
  • Community High School District 128 (Richards, Shepard, Eisenhower) — $543,320 in new money | $13.4 million total state contribution
  • Oak Lawn Community High School District — $437,449 in new money | $3.7 million total state contribution
  • Consolidated High School District 230 (Stagg, Sandburg, Andrew) — $190,192 in new money | $7.4 million total state contribution
  • Evergreen Park Community High School District 231 — $21,840 in new money | $1.4 million total state contribution

Senator Bill Cunningham

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18th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations II; Gaming; Higher Education (Vice Chairperson); Labor; Telecommunications and Information Technology (Chairperson); Transportation.

Biography: Served in the House from 2011-13; full-time state legislator and lifelong resident of the southwest Chicago area; born July 21, 1967; graduate of Saint Barnabas Grammar School (1981), Mount Carmel High School (1985) and the University of Illinois Chicago (1990); former advisor to Cook CountySheriff Mike Sheahan and former chief of staff to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart; youth soccer coach; parent representative on the Sutherland Local School Council; lives in Beverly with wife, Juliana, and two daughters, Madeline and Olivia.