Letter to the Editor | Illinois schools need additional funding

Letter to the Editor | Illinois schools need additional funding

Last year, Illinois passed legislation designed to fix our broken school funding system. I am grateful to Rep. Mitchell and Sen. Rose for their support of students in Mahomet and across our state.

Since Illinois' adoption of an evidence-based funding model, dollars have been flowing to schools equitably. This past year, our school district received increased funding to support educational initiatives.

While the adoption and implementation of the new funding model is a step in the right direction, our school district — like so many in Illinois — is still underfunded.

In order for all schools to meet their adequacy targets, we need an additional $400 million to be allocated to K-12 education in Illinois' state budget.

In looking at the Illinois State Board of Education's school funding data, our school district is being funded at 66 percent adequacy.

With further investment, that gap will start to close and our district will be closer to acquiring the resources it needs to not only continue to provide our children with a quality education, but will receive the resources to provide our children with additional supports and educational opportunities.

Investing in our school funding formula improves the quality of education for our kids and benefits the whole community. I urge our legislators to support an investment of $400 million in K-12 education in the FY19 state budget.

JENNIFER SMITH

Mahomet