PROTECT OUR SCHOOL FUNDING: CHICAGO BAILOUT GUTS 50% OF A LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT’S FUNDING!

IT’S A SHAMELESS MONEY GRAB! SPRINGFIELD POLITICIANS WANT MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS TO BAIL OUT CHICAGO. – ALLEN

 

School District FY 15 Disbursements Change with SB 231 Compared to Disbursements % Change
300 $     32,265,103.31 $       (2,383,447.01) -7.4%
155 $     10,624,580.88 $       (2,086,089.01) -19.6%
158 $     20,621,386.42 $       (3,326,799.10) -16.1%
47 $       9,207,467.94 $       (4,726,667.91) -51.30%


The Illinois State Board of Education released its analysis of Senator Andy Manar’s proposed education funding bill, SB 231. The bill would change the school funding formula resulting in a significant increase in funding for Chicago.

Springfield Democrats are beholden to the politics of Chicago. I am committed to protecting the quality of schools in our community so our children continue to get an excellent education. As the Republican nominee for State Representative, I will oppose any effort to undercut the quality of our schools, and force us to bailout Chicago because they have failed to do their job. I am opposed to Senator Manar’s SB 231

In the Chicago Public Schools, only 20 percent of the students who graduate in four years will be considered “college-ready;” and the average amount spent per student for the year will exceed $14,000. Springfield Democrats want more money from our district. They want more money from you to go to Chicago to backstop a failed system. This is exactly the kind of Springfield math that has bankrupted our state and caused so many families to flee Illinois. It demonstrates how out of touch the political class is with our lives. I am going to Springfield to protect our community. To protect your quality of life and protect the investment you’ve made in our community.

Two-thirds of 4th graders in Illinois can’t read at grade level, we pay the 2nd highest property taxes in the nation, and we have the largest unfunded pension liabilities of any state. Senator Andy Manar and the Democrats’ answer to these problems is to shift more education funding from our communities to Chicago. They refuse to reform a Chicago school system that is failing the children it is entrusted with. Worse, they want to give them more money, and they want us to pay for it.

Rather than bailing out Chicago, we should reform our education systems to ensure that every child receives a world-class education. Instead of sending education dollars to centralized bureaucracies like CPS, the state should attach those dollars to the students, allowing their parents to choose which school is best for their child. Rather than investing in bureaucracy, we should invest in our students.

Every conversation I have with people in our community is about their exit strategy. We have a great community and great schools, so why is everyone leaving? They are leaving because they can’t afford to stay. They are leaving because Chicago politicians want to take money from our schools to fund Chicago schools. They are leaving because we are being disrespected by a political class that sees us as a piggy bank to extract money from, not families to protect and empower. For decades, the politicians in Springfield have refused to pass reforms and have been making promises they know they cannot keep. Now they want to push the costs of their mistakes and lack of leadership onto us. Instead of protecting our community, they are protecting themselves.