House Appropriations Committee Begins Evidence-Based Funding HearingOn February 7 the Illinois House Appropriations-Elementary and Secondary Education Committee met in Springfield to hear testimony from superintendents from across the state on the success of the Evidence-Based Funding model. The panelists shared stories of student growth, community engagement, and employee retention all due in part to the commitment of the Illinois General Assembly to the Evidence-Based Funding model. While success stories were shared, many ongoing challenges were noted. One of the ways to address these challenges is to increase the minimum investment in Evidence-Based Funding from $350 million a year to $550 million a year. Senate Bill 2006, a bill to increase the minimum investment amount to $550 million, was introduced by Senate Education Chair Adriane Johnson (D-Waukegan).
The formal process of convening a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate has begun with the adoption of House Joint Resolution 9 (Gabel, D-Evanston). Governor JB Pritzker is scheduled to present his State of the State/Budget Address on February 15 at noon. The governor is expected to present his case for funding areas of state government that he feels need particular attention. One of those areas is expected to be early childhood education. We will follow up with another IASB Report to detail the requests of the governor. It will be up to the Illinois General Assembly to approve a budget which will not happen until May.
Bills in House Committees Week of February 13Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee
Tuesday, February 14 at 2 p.m., Room 118 Capitol Building and Virtual Room 1
SUBJECT MATTER: The Future of Evidence-Based Funding
Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee
Wednesday, February 15 at 9 a.m., 114 Capitol
Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter Schools
Wednesday, February 15 at 2 p.m., 115 Capitol
Bills in Senate Committees Week of February 13Education
Tuesday, February 14 at 1:30 p.m., 212 Capitol
Wednesday, February 15 at 3 p.m., 409 Capitol