Students in School District U-46 are among those who could benefit from an equitable state education funding system. The current Illinois education funding system and efforts to develop a fair system that acknowledges the needs and costs of low-income and high-need students, will be the topic of the Nov. 10 U-46 Citizens’ Advisory Council meeting. Guest speakers from Advance Illinois will explain what it means that Illinois ranks among the lowest in the nation in terms of state education funding and funding equity and how the system impacts School District U-46 and its more than 40,000 students.
The CAC meeting begins at 7p.m. at South Elgin High School, 760 E Main Street, South Elgin. Guest speakers Benjamin Boer and Teresa Ramos from Advance Illinois will discuss the current political landscape and legislative options for more equitable state education funding.
Advance Illinois is a Chicago-based statewide organization.The organization supports more straightforward funding of all Illinois schools and advocates for a strong public education system that prepares students for college, career, and democratic citizenship. Advance has formed a statewide coalition called Funding Illinois Future that is leading more than 230 organizations in the effort for more equitable state education funding. School District U-46 has been a member of Funding Illinois Future since 2014.
Mr. Boer is the Deputy Director at Advance Illinois and has been with the organization since 2008. He takes a leadership role in policy development and forming partnerships with participating organizations. Mr. Boer sits on the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council for the Illinois State Board of Education and supports the work of a number of Illinois P-20 Council committees, who work to to maximize students’ educational attainment, opportunities for success in the workforce and contributions to their local communities.
Ms. Ramos is the Director of Community Engagement at Advance Illinois. She engages community members in policy, advocacy, and community-building to strengthen the Illinois public school system.