A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon:
Representative Mike Tryon Asks Residents to File Official Objections to SB16 through www.ilga.gov<http://www.ilga.
gov/> Web Site
CRYSTAL LAKE….. State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake), concerned about a committee hearing [on Novmber 18th] that has been scheduled in Springfield to gather testimony about SB16, is asking McHenry and Kane County residents to get involved in helping him stop the bill.
“When legislators in the collar counties were holding SB16 information meetings over the last month, we were repeatedly promised by the Chief House Sponsor of SB16 that she would not be calling it for a vote anytime soon,” said Tryon.
“With a new General Assembly to be seated in less than two months, the timing of this hearing is very concerning. It suggests that the bill may be brought for a vote in the upcoming lame duck session.”
The bill has been scheduled for a 3:00 PM subject matter hearing before a joint meeting of the Appropriations- Elementary & Secondary Education Committee and the House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee. SB16 Chief House Sponsor Linda Chapa La Via (D-Aurora) is the chairperson of the House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee. “It appears the Appropriations- Elementary & Secondary Education Committee is taking the lead in the hearing,” said Tryon. “Representative Will Davis (D-East Hazel Crest) is the chair of that committee.”
The school districts located within Tryon’s 66th Legislative District all stand to lose significant amounts of General State Aid (GSA) funding through SB16 as written. “Crystal Lake, Huntley and District 300 schools stand to lose a combined $12.1 million per year in GSA if this law is passed and signed into law,” said Tryon. “This would be a game-changer for how kids in this area are educated. We need to kill this bill, and take the necessary time and effort to create equitable and fair reforms that allow all students to succeed. This reallocation of funds is punitive to suburban districts and I will do everything in my power to stop it.”
Tryon is asking residents to go to the www.ilga<http://www.ilga/> web site and fill out a witness slip stating their opposition to SB16. The directions are as follows:
1. Go to www.ilga.gov<http://www.ilga.
2. Scroll down the page and click on GA Dashboard (in red ink along the left side of the page)
3. Click on the Register icon and fill in your information (registration is recommended but not required)
4. Click on House, Committee Hearings, and then on the “Month” tab
5. Click on the piece of paper icon to the right of the listed hearing (November 18th, Appropriations- Elementary & Secondary Education)
6. Click on Create witness slip
7. Fill out the form
8. In the “subject matter” portion click “opponent”
9. Under “Testimony” you can have your written comments supplied to all board members. This is optional. Emailed testimony is not accepted. You may fax your written statement to 217-557-2165 or you may mail it to Illinois State House, Room 426, 401 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62706. Make sure that your written testimony is clearly marked at the top of the page: SB16 Testimony, and your name.
10. Fill in verification code
11. Click the box to accept the terms
12. Click Submit
A “Frequently Asked Questions” document is available for those who have additional questions about the process. That document is available at:http://my.ilga.gov/Home/FAQ .
“We all need to work together to preserve the education funding that our suburban school districts receive,” Tryon said. “We need to flood the committee with notes of opposition and let the committee members know in no uncertain terms that the ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ approach to GSA funding is unacceptable, unfair and inequitable.”
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I asked for the impact of HB 16 on school districts that Tryon represents.
Here is the answer:
- Elementary District 47: Loss of $5.8 million in General State Aid
- Crystal Lake High School District 155: Loss of $1.4 million in GSA
- Huntley Consolidated School District 158: Loss of $2.1 million in GSA
- Carpentersville-based School District 300: Loss of $2.7 million in GSA
All but District 300 was able to provide the loss in percentage terms:
- Crystal Lake High School District 155: 17.2% loss in GSA ($1.45 million reduction)
- Huntley School District 158: 11.2% loss in GSA ($2.1 million reduction)
- Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47: 72.6% loss in GSA ($5.67 million reduction)