State school funding task force to issue report, not legislation

Lawmakers tasked with finding a new way to pay for Illinois’ schools say they’ll have a report and a price tag, but no actual legislation, for the governor by February.

No one is saying how much the governor’s education funding task force will ask for in new money, but the expectation is a couple of billion dollars.

“If, at minimum, we’re talking about raising the adequacy target for per-pupil spending, we know that’s a dollar amount,” State Rep. Will Davis, D-East Hazel Crest, said Wednesday. “In order to get (to the target) you’re going to have to have more money.”

The governor’s task force is supposed to find a new way to pay for the state’s schools. Rep. Davis said the task force will have a report on their recommendations. Legislation will have to come later this spring.

“This is a huge lift, and I think it’s important enough for us to take a step back, take our time and get it right,” Davis said. “Not only are we just talking about having resources and mechanisms to make sure kids are educated. But we know, along with that, there’s a financial piece to that.”

Illinois’ Education Funding Advisory Board (EFAB) late last year released its own new price tag for school funding. EFAB leaders want to spend $3 billion more.

Davis isn’t saying if the task force’s proposal is similar.

–Illinois News Network

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