It seems so logical for State Aid to Education to follow students, but back in the 1990’s the Illinois House voted for a bill sponsored by a mid-state legislator that would force state government to continue giving money to school districts for students who were not there.
Governor Bruce Rauner is attempting to rectify that lack of logic.
Here’s what he told reporters yesterday, according to Capitol Fax:
If a school district has dramatically fewer students, it’s not fair to other districts that have more students or the same where their dollars keep flowing to fund half the number of students or a third of the number of students.
At some point you need to sort of true it up and adjust it or it’s not fair to the taxpayers in other communities.
I’m open to when that adjustment happens.
And for the time being have a hold harmless so even if there’s enrollment drops that the school district can keep getting the same amount of money from the state.
But some day there needs to be some sort of adjustment, otherwise it’s not fair or sustainable over time.