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Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Lake County school districts, some of which have been shortchanged for decades under Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation education funding formula, will see a significant influx of funding under a landmark school funding reform measure that passed in Springfield last week.

“All children should have access to a quality education regardless of their zip code,” said Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake). “With Senate Bill 1, we created a more equitable school funding formula to aid school districts desperately in need of additional dollars, while ensuring that at a minimum we guaranteed current funding levels for every school district.”

Senate Bill 1 has strong support from thousands of school administrators, superintendents, principals, educators, taxpayers and advocates for fair school funding. Illinois’ school funding formula has not been updated in more than 20 years and is considered one of the worst in the nation because it relies so heavily on local property wealth.

“Senate Bill 1 not only ensures schools will be funded more equitably, it also provides property tax relief for high tax school districts,” Bush said. “Lake County has some of the highest property taxes in the country. I urge Governor Rauner to provide property tax relief for Lake County residents by signing Senate Bill 1 into law.”

Funding Illinois’ Future – a coalition that advocates for school funding reform – released an analysis of Illinois State Board of Education figures last week. The analysis showed potential funding increases for local school districts under Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based model that accounts for factors such as students with disabilities, English language learners and low-income students.

It also provides extra support for the neediest districts in the quest for adequate funding, and it offers property tax relief.

Again, no school district would receive less funding under Senate Bill 1 than they have received under Illinois’ current school funding formula.

The estimated overall gain some area school districts would experience under the Funding Illinois’ Future analysis of SB1 based on FY17 funding levels:

•    Round Lake Area School District 116 – $5.52 million
•    Zion-Benton Township High School District 126 – $1.95 million
•    Zion Elementary School District 6 – $1.62 million
•    Beach Park Community Consolidated School District 3 – $645,463
•    Grayslake Community Consolidated School District 46 – $353,068
•    Grayslake Community High School District 127 – $307,304
•    Warren Township High School District 121 – $282,621
•    Big Hollow School District 38 – $230,977
•    Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 – $215,152
•    Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50 – $192,036
•    Antioch Community Consolidated School District 34 – $90,190
•    Gavin School District 37 – $62,538
•    Millburn Community Consolidated School District 24 – $40,925
•    Winthrop Harbor School District 1 – $22,473

In addition, under Senate Bill 1, those that live in the school districts with the highest property taxes would be eligible for property tax relief up to 1 percent of their EAV. The following districts are projected to qualify for property tax relief:

•    Grayslake Community Consolidated School District 46 – $3.96 million
•    Round Lake Area School District 116 – $3.61 million
•    Grayslake Community High School District 127 – $2.71 million
•    Beach Park Community Consolidated School District 3 – $2.27 million
•    Zion-Benton Township High School District 126 – $1.82 million
•    Zion Elementary School District 6 – $1.05 million
•    Wauconda Community Unit School District – $109,162

These estimates are based on the funding levels proposed by the Illinois House of Representatives. As a result, these numbers may be higher than what the school districts will receive. To review the Funding Illinois’ Future analysis, visit fundingilfuture.org.

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