Here’s information from the Illinois Policy Institute that shows changes in how the state budget was allocated for eudcation from 1996-7 to 2016-7:
Illinois state government actually contributes a larger share of funding toward public schools today than it did 20 years ago, when factoring in pension spending.
The problem is that pensions now take up more than a third of the state’s contribution to education, compared with just over 8% in the 1996 school year.
As I have pointed out previously, when the Governor presented his education budget while in office in the 1990’s, it was in three parts:
- higher education and
Teacher unions urged legislators to take the money allocated to pensions and put it in state aid to education.
The IEA and IFT lobbyists were counting on the 1970 State Constitutional guarantee of pension payments.
Their assumption has been proven accurate through decisions from the Illinois Supreme Court.