Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s
Public Interest Law Reporter Presents:
Senate Bill 16 and Education Funding in Illinois
October 31, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
25 East Pearson Street, Chicago
To register, email Callie Burnett
The Illinois State Board of Education reports that since FY09, Illinois’ General Fund allocation for P-12 education has been cut by more than $861 million- nearly 12 percent- and Illinois is ranked 50th for contributing a smaller share to P-12 public education than any other state in the nation. At the same time, groups like Advance Illinois have found that only one-third of Illinois students complete 4th grade proficient in reading and that fewer than one-third of students leave Illinois high schools with the college-and career-ready knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
In an effort to address these issues the Education Funding Advisory Committee of the Illinois State Senate proposed Senate Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 16 during the 2013-2014 legislative session. The Bill aimed to overhaul the state’s current regressive funding system and create a single funding formula that would provide a simple, straightforward and equitable means to distribute education funds to Illinois school districts while prioritizing districts with greater student need. Though the Illinois General Assembly went to recess for the summer before SB16 could be heard on the floor, the issue of public education funding in Illinois is not going to go away.
This year’s Public Interest Law Reporter’s Symposium will dive deep into Illinois’ current education funding scheme, examine the changes proposed by SB16, consider alternative funding schemes used by other states, and look at the ways in which litigation has been used as an alternative to legislation to ultimately affect change to education funding. The Symposium is open to attorneys, educators, students, and all other Illinois residents who are interested in or concerned with our state’s education funding.
ABOUT THE PUBLIC INTEREST LAW REPORTER
The Loyola Public Interest Law Reporter is an innovative legal publication that focuses on reporting the most current legal topics in a news format directed to students, educators, and practitioners. PILR is edited and produced by Loyola students and is housed within the Center for Public Service Law. Founded in 1995, PILR offers feature articles and news of legal developments in the areas of human rights, economic justice, criminal justice, the environment, and governance. In addition to an editorial staff selected through a write-on process, Loyola law students direct all aspects of PILR's research, writing, graphics, production, and business management. For more information, please contact Symposium Editors Calli Leigh Burnett (firstname.lastname@example.org).