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Illinois House can give 831 school districts more money, or just Chicago

The Illinois Senate on Sunday voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto on the school funding bill. The House votes Wednesday on Senate Bill 1, but cannot override without Republican votes. Rauner’s plan would boost funding to 831 school districts, rather than letting Chicago take it all.
The Illinois Senate on Sunday voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto on the school funding bill. The House votes Wednesday on Senate Bill 1, but cannot override without Republican votes. Rauner’s plan would boost funding to 831 school districts, rather than letting Chicago take it all. Illinois Policy

Math matters: Just ask the folks at the Illinois State Board of Education. Their peers at the Illinois Department of Revenue found a math error throwing off the numbers for what local school districts would receive after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner used his amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1, the school funding formula rewrite.

Now they got the math right, the results were just released but after the Illinois Senate on Sunday voted to override. Of 923 school districts in Illinois, Rauner’s changes will give more money to 831 of them and make no difference to another 71 that are mainly alternative schools.

There will be 21 school districts that lose under the Rauner plan, and by lose we mean get more money than last year yet a little less than if his amendments fail. Chicago Public Schools would get $242 million less from Rauner than Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and the other Chicago Democrats want to hand it.

Belleville Elementary District 118 is the only local district that would get less from Rauner — $62,977 less than the Madigan plan. That is because Rauner wants to eliminate the ability for districts to subtract the property values tied up in tax increment financing districts, and Belleville has a lot of that.

Still, it is fair to expect schools to include all property value because it was a local city decision to tie up all that taxing ability and deny it to the schools. Chicago abused that authority, ignoring $6.6 billion in taxable property, to suck up half the benefit from that calculation. The rest of us and our students should not be forced to pay for their excesses.

If the Illinois House votes Wednesday to override the Rauner amendatory veto, then Chicago’s $242 million will come out of the pockets of 831 other school districts. Madigan does not have enough Democrats to override, so he will be after Republicans to cross over.

Local state representatives need to stand with their school districts. Both Republicans and Democrats need to pay attention to the math, and choose 831 winners rather than handing a jackpot to the financial mismanagement and bankrupt policies of the Chicago Public Schools.

Rauner changes versus original school funding bill

Here is what local school districts would receive in General State Aid if Rauner’s amendatory veto stands rather than the formula as originally proposed. Only Belleville Elementary District 118 would get less under the Rauner plan. Statewide, 831 districts gain if Rauner can stop Chicago Public Schools from receiving a $242-million windfall.

District

Amendatory veto

SB1 original

Change

ALBERS SCHOOL DISTRICT 63

$711,309

$650,246

$61,063

ALTON COMM UNIT SCHOOL DIST 11

$21,943,608

$20,008,598

$1,935,010

BELLE VALLEY SCHOOL DIST 119

$5,064,818

$4,955,930

$108,888

BELLEVILLE SCHOOL DIST 118

$19,570,496

$19,633,473

-$62,977

BELLEVILLE TWP HS DIST 201

$16,272,321

$15,622,991

$649,330

BETHALTO C U SCHOOL DIST 8

$11,360,629

$10,589,116

$771,513

BOND CO C U SCHOOL DIST 2

$7,538,065

$7,107,360

$430,705

BREESE SCHOOL DISTRICT 12

$1,159,382

$1,156,829

$2,553

BROOKLYN UNIT DISTRICT 188

$910,124

$874,777

$35,347

CAHOKIA COMM UNIT SCH DIST 187

$30,214,062

$29,825,736

$388,326

CARLYLE C U SCHOOL DISTRICT 1

$3,372,532

$3,234,920

$137,612

CENTRAL SCHOOL DIST 104

$734,377

$717,666

$16,711

COLLINSVILLE C U SCH DIST 10

$24,797,992

$23,223,831

$1,574,161

COLUMBIA COMM UNIT SCH DIST 4

$3,187,345

$3,129,267

$58,078

DAMIANSVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT 62

$287,136

$255,940

$31,196

DUPO COMM UNIT SCH DISTRICT 196

$5,801,775

$5,605,215

$196,560

EAST ALTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 13

$3,929,879

$3,692,884

$236,994

EAST ALTON-WOOD RIVER C H S D 14

$1,607,959

$1,395,897

$212,061

EAST ST LOUIS SCHOOL DIST 189

$52,171,209

$51,029,152

$1,142,057

EDWARDSVILLE C U SCHOOL DIST 7

$8,756,816

$8,542,731

$214,084

FREEBURG C C SCHOOL DIST 70

$1,377,668

$1,334,660

$43,007

FREEBURG COMM H S DIST 77

$1,290,903

$1,212,369

$78,534

GERMANTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT 60

$741,287

$706,547

$34,740

GRANITE CITY C U SCHOOL DIST 9

$25,031,684

$24,895,144

$136,540

GRANT COMM CONS SCH DIST 110

$1,761,060

$1,726,528

$34,532

HARMONY EMGE SCHOOL DIST 175

$2,329,985

$2,288,943

$41,042

HIGH MOUNT SCHOOL DIST 116

$2,254,669

$2,150,807

$103,862

HIGHLAND COMM UNIT SCH DIST 5

$7,529,472

$7,203,450

$326,022

LEBANON COMM UNIT SCH DIST 9

$1,788,345

$1,717,300

$71,045

MADISON COMM UNIT SCH DIST 12

$5,078,104

$5,037,233

$40,871

MARISSA C U SCH DIST 40

$3,108,434

$2,918,525

$189,909

MASCOUTAH C U DISTRICT 19

$16,474,732

$15,932,805

$541,927

MILLSTADT C C SCH DIST 160

$1,036,255

$1,013,222

$23,033

NASHVILLE C C SCH DISTRICT 49

$980,161

$939,026

$41,135

NASHVILLE COMM H S DISTRICT 99

$1,043,481

$911,835

$131,646

NEW ATHENS C U SCHOOL DIST 60

$1,277,379

$1,130,810

$146,568

O FALLON C C SCHOOL DIST 90

$8,001,907

$7,802,101

$199,806

O FALLON TWP HIGH SCH DIST 203

$6,911,028

$6,339,331

$571,697

PONTIAC-W HOLLIDAY SCH DIST 105

$675,009

$674,585

$424

PRAIRIE DU ROCHER C C S D 134

$847,339

$806,826

$40,513

RED BUD C U SCHOOL DIST 132

$815,555

$814,982

$573

ROXANA COMM UNIT SCHOOL DIST 1

$2,058,454

$2,057,264

$1,190

SHILOH VILLAGE SCHOOL DIST 85

$1,925,984

$1,857,295

$68,690

SIGNAL HILL SCH DIST 181

$1,618,792

$1,564,885

$53,907

SMITHTON C C SCHOOL DIST 130

$1,188,205

$1,156,657

$31,548

SPARTA C U SCHOOL DIST 140

$5,792,467

$5,516,199

$276,268

ST LIBORY CONS SCH DIST 30

$265,730

$261,072

$4,658

ST ROSE SCHOOL DISTRICT 14-15

$373,481

$339,598

$33,883

STAUNTON COMM UNIT SCH DIST 6

$4,953,226

$4,534,314

$418,911

TRIAD COMM UNIT SCHOOL DIST 2

$9,750,205

$9,466,355

$283,850

VENICE COMM UNIT SCHOOL DIST 3

$659,941

$659,843

$98

WATERLOO COMM UNIT SCH DIST 5

$4,419,336

$4,303,731

$115,605

WESCLIN C U SCHOOL DISTRICT 3

$4,520,588

$4,208,885

$311,703

WHITESIDE SCHOOL DIST 115

$3,310,334

$3,123,425

$186,909

WOLF BRANCH SCH DIST 113

$1,205,539

$1,181,696

$23,843

WOOD RIVER-HARTFORD ELEM S D 15

$1,978,910

$1,844,805

$134,105

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