FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2003
of Governor's Budget by District
We have completed a district-by-district
projection of General State Aid and selected categorical
programs under the Governors proposed budget for
The analysis document can be downloaded
through the link at the bottom of this page.
The first page of the document summarizes
the impacts by four geographic regions of the state: Chicago,
other Cook, Collar Counties and Downstate. The projections
include the following mandated categorical programs: free
lunch, orphanage, special ed and transportation.
The projections also include the following
other categorical programs: gifted, bilingual, early childhood,
charter schools, ADA block grant, TAOEP, substance abuse,
career awareness, tax equivalent, and ROE/ISC services
(but not ROE salaries).
The projections do not include the following
categorical programs paid primarily to school districts:
textbooks, technology, and district consolidation. The
projections also do not include a number of categorical
programs paid primarily to entities other than school
In summary, this analysis shows that in
the programs that were included and analyzed, 680 of the
states 893 school districts come out with more money
than they received in the current fiscal year.
Because FY03 is not yet complete, the
FY03 categorical programs are estimated and then district
shares for each categorical program are projected from
these estimates for FY04. These data are meant as a general
guide and are less accurate at the district level. A school
district will be able to make a more accurate and complete
projection of its own circumstances.