County schools receiving $1.7 million in additional state
MACOUPIN COUNTY (Aug. 30 2018) – Macoupin County public school families will continue to benefit from Illinois’ new school funding formula, which is providing more than $1.7 million in new funding for the academic year currently getting underway, State Sen. Andy Manar recently announced. Overall, the county’s eight districts have received more than $4.2 million in additional funds over the last two school years as a result of the new formula.
“Long underfunded school districts are finally getting the attention and the state support they’ve been starved of for too many years,” said Manar. “I am delighted the evidence-based model is working as we expected it would. It’s exciting to learn about the growth and innovation happening in our classrooms because pf this new, equitable approach to funding education.”
Many school districts are rehiring teachers and counselors who were laid off because of budget constraints, reinstating programs and creating new ones, and establishing stability to help them budget for the future. Under the new funding model, no schools receive less money than they did the previous year, and the previous year’s new money becomes part of the current year’s base funding. This allows long-underfunded schools to achieve adequate funding over time without penalizing schools that already had adequate funding.
Public school districts in the 48th Senate District will receive nearly $5.8 million in new money this year under the new formula. In Macoupin County, that is as follows: Bunker Hill CUSD 8, $124,058; Carlinville CUSD 1, $297,112; Gillespie CUSD 7, $473,360; Mt. Olive CUSD 5, $77,987; North Mac CUSD 34, $220,717; Northwestern CUSD 2, $40,956; Southwestern CUSD 9, $129,432; and Staunton CUSD 6, $352,485.
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September 4, 2018 at 02:35PM