Schools Scrambling to Open Without State Funding

Chicago, IL – School superintendents are once again sounding the alarm across the state as they prepare to enter a school year without state funding. This new crisis comes after Bruce Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 1, withholding state funds from schools statewide.
 
Here’s what Illinoisans are reading in the news about schools scraping by due to another Rauner crisis:

 

From CBS St. Louis: Illinois Prepares for School Year Without State Funding:
 
Cahokia District 187 superintendent Art Ryan, however, says 60 percent of his district’s budget comes from the state.
 
“We have enough to start school. We believe that we probably have enough funds to last roughly 90 days,” he says.
 
Schools are expecting their first state aid payments August 10. Ryan thinks schools will have to close before lawmakers get it together.
 
 
From News Tribune: How long can your school do without state help?:
 
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a school funding bill Tuesday once again tied up funding for schools.
 
Districts most likely won’t be receiving state money as they should on Aug. 10, and while none is reporting it won’t open to start the year, records from the Illinois State Board of Education show that not all of them have the cash on hand to finish the year. […]
 
How long can your school remain open?

  • Princeton Elementary: 25 days
  • Hall High: 46 days
  • Bureau Valley: 50 days
  • Ottawa Elementary: 60 days
  • DePue: 106 days…

Read the full list here.


From WICS: Superintendents struggle to create budget without funding formula:
 
Superintendent Root said it is difficult putting together a budget without knowing how much state funding he will receive.
 
He said he utilizes last year’s budget plan as a guideline for how much money he will need from the state.
 
“It’s hard to set those numbers when you have to look at last years and you just have to hope the people at the state capitol come through with financing,” said Superintendent Root.
 
From NBC 5 Chicago: Schools Scramble for Answers as Funding Impasse Drags On:
 
With that uncertainty in place, school districts could be forced to borrow money to keep their doors open this fall.
 
“We only have approximately 25 days of reserves on hand,” Dr. Jeff Craig, West Aurora Superintendent says. “We will fight tooth and nail to make sure we have our doors open on Aug. 16, and to keep them open to provide kids with the highest quality education we can.”

“Schools across the state are scrambling to open after Bruce Rauner vetoed their funding,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “No other state operates with this level of uncertainty when it comes to educating children. This isn’t normal and blame falls entirely on this failed governor and his crisis driven agenda.”

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