On Thursday, August 31, Governor Rauner signed senate bill 1947 into law. Public Act 100-0465, the Invest in Kids Act, is a historic victory for kids across the state. The law establishes a long overdue evidence-based model for the distribution of state funds to public schools. The new law is designed to deliver funds based upon need. Experts agree, it is no doubt a much better model.
Projections indicate Williamsfield Schools will receive about $300 more from the state this fiscal year than we were projected to receive in FY17. Although Williamsfield Schools funding gain is minimal, I am a strong supporter of the equity this model provides. The gap between rich and poor school districts will become less distinct.
On behalf of Williamsfield Schools, I would like to thank Senator Chuck Weaver and Representative Dan Swanson for their leadership on this issue. Both legislators remained very responsive to district/area concerns throughout the school funding crisis. Every step of the way they conducted the research and sought the perspectives necessary to cast informed votes on behalf of our district/area.
Although I don’t agree with all aspects of the new law, I respect the ideological compromise that was reached. It’s also nice to know the evidence-based formula is fully funded this fiscal year. However, to provide Illinois public schools the stability they deserve, this formula must be FULLY FUNDED EVERY YEAR.
I remain hopeful the state of Illinois will break from its past and depoliticize school funding. I look forward to continual work with Senator Weaver, Representative Swanson, and Governor Rauner's office as they help move Illinois forward in the best interest of kids and schools.
It's time for Principal. Binder's Fourth Annual Creative Challenge! Mr. Binder is looking for creative, talented students to engage in a friendly school-wide challenge to promote school spirit and unity. Our theme this year is: "Billtown Brave: Wholeheartedly Embracing the Billtown 9." Billtown Brave is our mantra for the year. We believe that we grow stronger as a school and community by Trusting one Another and Working Together. Embracing the billtown 9, we are courageously creating a culture where all people are accepted. Together, we can accomplish anything! At Billtown, we are Braver, and Better, TOGETHER.