Cavaletto Votes to Fully Fund K-12 Education So Schools Can Open On Time

State Representative John Cavaletto (R-Salem), member of the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee and the Appropriations Public Safety Committee, announced today that legislation passed (Senate Bill 2047) to fully fund K-12 education for FY17 (full year), ensuring that our schools open on time and have the resources they need for the entire school year. K-12 will receive $11.1 billion from General Revenue Funds (GRF), other state funds, and federal funds. The stopgap budget will also ensure that critical state operations and services continue through the end of this year, including items like higher education, human services, and prisons.

“This is an historic investment in education which will fund our schools at 100% foundation level for the first time in seven years,” said Rep. Cavaletto. “That means the vast majority of school districts will receive more than they did the year before and now we can focus on how to improve our broken school funding formula,” added Cavaletto.

This bi-partisan agreement will ensure schools are fully funded and open on time in the fall, and will protect Illinois taxpayers. The plan also includes $75 million for early childhood education, and a new, statewide $250 million equity grant for the poorest school districts.

Additionally, this legislation provides for a 6-month, ‘stop-gap’ allocation for other state services including the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) which will get money for roads, bridges, railway, and airports around the state. Nearly $1 billion will go towards universities and community colleges to be able to open for fall classes and take them through December, while we continue to work on a full budget to cover the remainder of FY17. All other agencies are taken care of in part with this legislation: the Departments on Aging, Human Services, Health and Family Services, Public Health, Children & Family Services, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Corrections.