Dear North Palos School District 117 Families and Learning Community,
Illinois is proposing changing how it funds public education. Senate Bill 16 (SB16) is a bill that passed the Senate last Spring, is in review in the House now, and is expected to be called for a vote this Fall. As currently written, SB16 will have a direct and negative impact on District 117.
What is SB16?
A committee of state legislators was charged with recommending ways to improve public education funding in Illinois, which has remained unchanged since 1997. The result of the task force was the creation of SB16. If enacted into law, SB16 will make sweeping changes in how the state funds education.
Generally, school districts with higher assessed property values like ours receive much less state funding. Other districts will receive much more state funding. SB16 does not increase the level of education funding, but rather it changes the way in which state funding is distributed among school districts.
How will SB16 impact District 117?
The negative impact on our school district is significant. If the bill becomes law in its current form, District 117 will be reclassified as "self-sufficient". We will only receive $1 per day/per student in state education funding. This will result in a loss of 90% of our state education funding equaling over $4 million dollars per year ($1,500 per student). The $4 million dollars per year will be redistributed to other school districts throughout the state.
This loss of funding will jeopardize NPD117's ability to provide a quality education to our students. We will need to consider eliminating programs - even those proven to be highly successful - unless additional local property tax revenue can be generated in the form of a referendum.
District 230, our high school feeder district, also stands to lose a substantial amount of funding. If passed as written, District 230 is projected to lose $7 million dollars per year.
What can you do?
1. Contact our state legislatures. Ask them to vote NO on SB16.
Legislators' contact information is listed below.
2. Assist our Citizens' Group by helping to raise community awareness.
Debbie Chafee - NPD117 Parent Volunteer
EDGE Illinois - Everyone Deserves a Great Education
How to contact your State legislature?
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on SB16 this Fall. Please contact all of the legislators listed below and express your concerns about the impacts of SB16 on the North Palos School District community.
My name is , and I am a parent/community member in North Palos School District 117. I have very serious concerns regarding the impact of SB16 on our school district. Our community cannot afford this bill. Please listen to the people within the communities you represent. Please vote NO on SB16!
State Representatives (Vote expected this Fall.)
Representative Andre Thapedi
4651 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60652
Representative Mary Flowers
2525 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60652
Representative Kelly Burke
5144 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
State Senators (Vote taken this past Spring.)
Senator Bill Cunningham - Voted NO on SB16. Contact him to thank him for supporting our schools.
10444 S. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
Senator Jackie Collins - Voted YES on SB16 and co-sponsored the bill.
1155 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60620