Illinois Education Funding Is Still Up In The Air

Aug 10, 2017

Today is supposed to be the state’s first general aid payments to schools for the academic year. But political gridlock continues to withhold the money.

Some school districts are questioning how long they’ll be able to sustain without it and others whether they can open at all.

North Pekin/Marquette Heights District 102 has about 600 students. Superintendent Byron Sondgeroth says the District is ready to open and has a plan if the gridlock persists.


Sondgeroth says, “it would be early second semester that our education fund balances would be depleted if we didn’t get general state aid. Then we’d have to dip into working cash and probably exhaust that. I think we would likely make it through the end of the year. But there would likely be a lot of holds on spending.“  

That’s the sort of worst case scenario plan most all school district have at this point.

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Still, the 30 agencies and associations that make up the Illinois Fix the Formula campaign continue to push lawmakers to override the governor’s veto of SB1.

Illinois Senate Democrats hold the three-fifths majority necessary to override the governor’s action. But it would take a certain number of Republicans to support it in order to achieve the override in the House of Representatives.