In 2015 State Senator Andy Manar's attempt to change all of Illinois school
is Senate Bill 1, the new version of SB 16 from last year.
SB 1 contains nothing: it is a shell bill. Manar gives the following
how it will be amended. This summary implies that special ed Personnel
would still be COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. Bev
Subject: SB 1
Working from SB 16 as the Senate passed it, here are the changes we are
likely to include:
Amendments to Address ELL Accountability: Ensuring accountability
consistent with current law for funds provided on account of ELL students.
Special Education: Allowing districts to demonstrate a special education
population higher than the statewide average, and allowing that percentage
to be used for the formula (subject to a cap at 5% points above the
Low-income: Continuing to use the DHS count through the 16-17 school year,
and then moving to a count based on 185% of the federal poverty level once
better data is available. The changes also propose a slight downward
adjustment for the low-income concentration weighting factor (moving from
.90 to .80).
Regionalization: Adding a regionalization factor based on the Comparable
Wage Index developed for the National Center for Education Statistics. This
index measures systemic, regional variations in the salaries of college
graduates. This system is currently being used in Maryland, Massachusetts,
and New York.
Adequacy Grant: Adding a new hold harmless “adequacy grant” that targets
funding to relatively low-spend, high tax districts. “Low spend” is
determined based on the district’s operating expense per pupil in
comparison to an “adequacy target” based on the EFAB recommended funding
level and the district’s weights based on its student characteristics.
Adequacy Study: Moving up the timeline for the adequacy study so the
procurement and contracting for it will occur as soon as the bill is
enacted and funding is appropriated for the study.