Budget Again Shows Governor’s Commitment to Schools: McGee

February 21, 2001 

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“Governor Ryan has, for the third straight year, earmarked 51% of new state revenue for education, and we are pleased with his continued commitment to students,” State Superintendent of Education Glenn W. McGee said following the Governor’s Budget Address. 

“The Governor’s support for the recommendations of the Education Funding Advisory Board means that we will increase our progress toward a truly equitable funding system for schools.   

Ø      General State Aid will increase to its highest level of state support;

Ø      Poverty grants will now be available to districts with smaller concentrations of low-income students,

Ø      New attendance calculations will help districts with enrollment declines,

Ø      Continuing the hold harmless will ensure that districts do not lose money, and

Ø      A continuing appropriation will allow districts to plan budgets by anticipating state receipts. 

“Governor Ryan also proposes to fully fund the mandated categorical programs for the third consecutive year – a feat unmatched in recent state history.   

“The 2 million students of this state are depending on us.  Governor Ryan’s budget puts them at the top of the list of pressing priorities.  We will be working with the Governor and legislators to move an education agenda and budget that will make a difference for all students. 

“With regard to our agency operating budget, we have been implementing a plan to streamline the agency while increasing our efficiency and effectiveness in serving schools, and we will continue that effort. 

“The Board and I are committed to making our agency a model of efficiency and effectiveness and to fully contribute to the effort to make Illinois schools Second to None.  We look forward to working with the Governor and the General Assembly to achieve those goals.”