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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2002

State Board Budget Targets Funding Gap of Schools

The State Board of Education today approved a recommended Fiscal Year 2003 state budget for elementary and secondary education that targets most of the state's scarce resources to address the funding gap facing schools.  

By realigning funding for other line items, the proposed budget would ease the funding gap by

Ř     increasing General State Aid to meet the recommendations of the Education Funding Advisory Board to increase the foundation level by $120 per pupil;

Ř     fully funding mandated categorical programs, such as special education and transportation; and

Ř     funding teacher retirement at the statutorily required level.

General State Aid, including the extension of the hold harmless provision that ensures no district gets less than in 97-98, would receive a $67.6 million increase.   The foundation level moves to $4,680 per pupil from the current level of $4,560.  Mandated categorical programs would be fully funded for the fourth straight year with a $75 million increase.  General State Aid and mandated categorical line items provide the bulk of funding local school districts receive from state appropriations.  An additional increase of $123 million would fund teacher retirement at the level set by state law.

"Tight economic times challenge us even more to put scarce resources into the areas of greatest need," according to State Superintendent of Education Ernest R. Wish.  "We know this budget does not begin to address all the financial needs of our school districts and we wish this year could be different.

"There are many outstanding programs and services that add value to teaching and learning that must wait for better economic conditions.  This budget asks the Governor and General Assembly to allocate most of the available funds to bring greater equity in support for schools and to maximize districts' flexibility in spending the money," Wish said.

To address two other critical issues facing Illinois education, the State Board's budget recommends increases of $8.5 million to address the educator gap and $30 million for the achievement gap.  Mentoring, induction and recruitment would get $5 million to get and keep quality educators in Illinois classrooms.  An additional $1 million would be appropriated for National Board Certification to support teachers who achieve this important credential. Regional Offices of Education are slated for a $2.5 million increase to support increased professional development for local school staff.

Targeting the achievement gap would be accomplished by

Ř     increasing Standards, Assessment and Accountability by $4.5 million to meet required increases to maintain the current state testing program;

Ř     adding $14.5 million for Early Childhood Education to provide a cost-of-living adjustment for current providers and to reduce the waiting list; and

Ř     allocating an additional $11 million to support schools on the Academic Early Warning List and to increase the availability of Summer Bridge programs for at-risk students.

Increases to address ALL three critical gaps would total $304.1 million.  Since state revenues are projected to continue growing at a reduced rate due to the economic slow-down, only about $250 million is projected to be available for elementary and secondary education in FY03. 

The State Board's budget recommends holding the line at the $250 million level by reallocating and reducing other line items in the budget.   These adjustments include reducing by $45.4 million the $72 million block grant that is based solely on average daily attendance, reallocating $3 million from Charter Schools, $2.1 million from the Teachers Academy for Math and Science, $1.3 million from Vocational Education Staff Development, $1 million from Certificate Renewal Administrative Payment and $1.3 million from other lines, including agency operations.  

"Governor Ryan and members of the General Assembly have been generous to schools by devoting more than 51% of revenue growth to schools the last three years" said State Board Chairman Ronald J. Gidwitz.  "We are asking them to continue this commitment in Fiscal Year 2003 even though state revenues are projected to grow more slowly than previous years."

ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

FY03 Proposed Budget

(Dollars in 000's)

       

 

     
 

FY02

FY03

FY02-FY03

             Initiatives

Final

Proposed

$ Change

       

DISTRIBUTIVE GRANTS

4,679,567.6

4,773,462.7

93,895.1

General State Aid & Hold Harmless

3,266,389.7

3,334,000.0

67,610.3

School Safety & Ed Improvement Block Grant

72,000.0

26,534.8

-45,465.2

District Consolidation Costs

4,200.0

4,200.0

0.0

Early Intervention

71,480.0

71,480.0

0.0

Gifted Education Reimbursement

19,695.8

19,695.8

0.0

Illinois Charter Schools

11,000.0

8,000.0

-3,000.0

Low Incidence Disabilities

1,500.0

1,500.0

0.0

School Breakfast Incentive Program

1,000.0

750.0

-250.0

Textbook Loan Program - New

30,192.1

30,192.1

0.0

       

Mandated Categoricals

1,202,110.0

1,277,110.0

75,000.0

       

STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY

32,309.7

36,309.7

4,000.0

Corey H. Compliance

1,000.0

500.0

-500.0

Standards, Assessments & Accountability

31,309.7

35,809.7

4,500.0

       

ENSURING QUALITY ED PERSONNEL

15,596.0

17,194.3

1,598.3

Certificate Renewal Administrative Payment

1,000.0

0.0

-1,000.0

Illinois Scholars Program

2,554.3

2,554.3

0.0

Mentoring, Induction & Recruitment

0.0

5,000.0

5,000.0

Professional Development - Statewide

2,000.0

2,000.0

0.0

Teacher Education

1,740.0

2,740.0

1,000.0

Teachers Academy for Math & Science

7,001.9

4,900.0

-2,101.9

Vocational Education Staff Development

1,299.8

0.0

-1,299.8

       

READING & MATHEMATICS

97,972.5

97,972.5

0.0

Family Literacy

1,000.0

1,000.0

0.0

Mathematics Statewide

1,000.0

1,000.0

0.0

Reading Improvement Block Grant

83,389.5

83,389.5

0.0

Reading Improvement Statewide

4,000.0

4,000.0

0.0

Scientific Literacy

8,583.0

8,583.0

0.0

       

BIRTH TO EIGHT

184,171.8

198,671.8

14,500.0

Early Childhood

184,171.8

198,671.8

14,500.0

       

ACADEMIC DIFFICULTY

138,313.6

149,313.6

11,000.0

Academic Difficulty

2,649.6

2,649.6

0.0

AEWL - System of Support

4,350.0

12,350.0

8,000.0

Alternative Learning/Regional Safe Schools

18,852.0

18,852.0

0.0

Bilingual Education

62,552.0

62,552.0

0.0

Bridge/Classroom/Extended Days Programs

26,000.0

29,000.0

3,000.0

Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention

2,750.0

2,750.0

0.0

Parental Involvement Campaign

1,500.0

1,500.0

0.0

Truant Alternative Optional Education

19,660.0

19,660.0

0.0

       

LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

     

Technology for Success

49,250.0

49,250.0

0.0

       

SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE

     

Temporary Relocation Programs

565.0

565.0

0.0

       

CAREERS PREPARATION

63,122.2

63,122.2

0.0

Agricultural Education

2,000.0

2,000.0

0.0

Career Awareness & Development

7,247.7

7,247.7

0.0

Career and Technical Education Programs - State

53,874.5

53,874.5

0.0

       

REGIONAL SERVICES

23,831.3

26,331.3

2,500.0

ISBE Regional Services

3,444.3

3,444.3

0.0

ROE - Salaries

7,875.0

8,150.0

275.0

ROE - School Services

12,512.0

14,737.0

2,225.0

       

ADMINISTRATION

     

Administration

28,345.3

27,845.3

-500.0

       

TARGETED INITIATIVES

21,733.0

21,739.6

6.6

Blind & Dyslexic

175.0

175.0

0.0

Community/Residential Services Authority

500.0

500.0

0.0

Illinois Economic Education

150.0

150.0

0.0

Illinois Learning Partnership

500.0

500.0

0.0

Materials Center for the Visually Impaired

1,162.0

1,162.0

0.0

Middle Level Schools

100.0

100.0

0.0

Metro East Consortium for Child Advocacy

250.0

250.0

0.0

Minority Transition Program

600.0

600.0

0.0

Philip J. Rock Center & School

2,960.0

2,960.0

0.0

Tax Equivalent Grants

216.0

222.6

6.6

Transportation Reimbursements to Parents

15,120.0

15,120.0

0.0

       

Sub-Total - GENERAL FUNDS

$5,334,778.0

$5,461,778.0

$127,000.0

       

OTHER GRF FUNDS

     

RETIREMENT

872,871.7

995,871.7

123,000.0

Downstate

807,827.0

930,827.0

123,000.0

Chicago

65,044.7

65,044.7

0.0

       

TOTAL - GENERAL FUNDS

$6,207,649.7

$6,457,649.7

$250,000.0

       
       
       

  *    FY02 assumes a supplemental/transfer for GSA & HH, Textbook Loan, MCAT's and
        Retirement appropriations.

(1)   Retirement cost to support Public Act 88-593, which required reducing the
unfunded liability of the teacher pension fund.

(2)   FY02 does not include the Textbook Loan reappropriation of $18,871.1.

 

OTHER NON - GRF FUNDS

     
       

School Infrastructure

     

School Infrastructure Fund

     

 Administration

800.0

800.0

0.0

       

School Technology Revolving Loan Program

     

 School Technology Revolving Loan

50,000.0

50,000.0

0.0

Sub-Total School Infrastructure

50,800.0

50,800.0

0.0

       

Illinois' Future Fund

     

 Legislative Initiatives - Reappropriation

2,345.0

0.0

-2,345.0

Sub-Total Illinois' Future Fund

2,345.0

0.0

-2,345.0

       

Driver Education

     

 Administration

900.0

900.0

0.0

 Grants

15,750.0

15,750.0

0.0

Sub-Total Driver Ed.

16,650.0

16,650.0

0.0

       

State Pension Fund

58,600.0

58,600.0

0.0

       

Other Funds

     

 Charter Schools Revolving Loan Fund

2,000.0

2,000.0

0.0

 Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

2,160.0

805.0

-1,355.0

 ISBE Fund

50.0

50.0

0.0

 ISBE Special Purpose Trust Fund

10.0

10.0

0.0

 ISBE State Trust Fund

1,093.0

1,093.0

0.0

 Private Business & Vocational Schools Fund

150.0

150.0

0.0

 School Technology Revolving Fund

15,000.0

500.0

-14,500.0

 Teacher Certification Fee Revolving Fund

1,200.0

1,200.0

0.0

 Temporary  Relocation Revolving Fund

1,130.0

1,130.0

0.0

Sub-Total Other Funds

22,793.0

6,938.0

-15,855.0

       

32,380.6

32,380.6

0.0

 Grants

1,591,765.0

1,890,310.0

298,545.0

Sub-Total Federal

1,624,145.6

1,922,690.6

298,545.0

       

TOTAL - ALL FUNDS

$7,982,983.3

$8,513,328.3

$530,345.0

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777