There’s good news for the children of Illinois:
After months of negotiation and advocacy, the General Assembly and Governor Rauner came together to support schools across the state. Their compromise means many things for our district, and those across the state — including that our doors will open as scheduled this fall.
This is an exciting moment for our district — and for all of our parents, students, educators, and community members who joined the fight for fair funding this year.
Their agreement not only provides $600 million in additional funding for our schools this coming year, but also builds a foundation for finalizing education funding reforms over the same period. The added revenue gives much needed financial stability, ensuring that we’ll be able to better protect our classrooms in the year ahead, and that the worst of our fears for next school year are behind us. And the commitment from Springfield to continue their work on revising our state’s approach to education funding is the start to righting historical wrongs about how low income children are treated across the state, especially here in Chicago.
This agreement also gives credence to the success of our students, who are worth investing in.
But even in this moment of celebration, there is still work to do. We will continue to tighten our belts and make strategic cuts that eliminate our deficit, moving us towards a long term balanced budget that will better support the needs of our students, educators, and families.
On behalf of our district, I thank all of our supporters who raised their voices to make today’s agreement a reality, and look forward to using this momentum to carry us even further in our fight for fair funding.
Chief Executive Officer