ItascaTCTHVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) voted to support DuPage County Schools.

Cullerton voted in support of Senate Bill 1947, a bipartisan school funding reform that will provide DuPage County schools with certainty and predictability, protect teacher’s collective bargaining rights and offer meaningful property tax relief to residents throughout Illinois, that was signed into law today.
“After decades of inequality, Illinois will now move toward a bipartisan reform that is fair and gives all children, regardless of their ZIP code, a chance to succeed. This is monumental,” Cullerton said. “Under this new law, our children parents, teachers and administrators will receive certainty and predictability that schools will remain open.”

The state’s school funding formula has not been updated in more than 20 years and is considered one of the worst in the nation.

"I'm glad the elements of the evidence-based funding formula we have been pushing for remained mostly intact," said U-46 CEO Tony Sanders. "Now that it has passed we can shift our attention to how we better serve kids across Illinois."

Senate Bill 1947 will allow school districts an opportunity to reduce property taxes through a voter referendum. The referendum would be a citizen’s initiative.

“As I talk to residents throughout our community, the number one concern I continue to hear is rising property tax bills,” Cullerton said. “This new law not only funds schools the right way, it also allows residents to vote to lower their property tax bills.”

Cullerton fought against requests to diminish collective bargaining rights for local teachers.

“Collective bargaining agreements protect voter’s rights, working conditions, health and safety and ensure workers receive honest pay for an honest day’s work,” Cullerton said. “I will continue to stand up against any attempt to diminish this democratic principle.”

Senate Bill 1947 includes the hold harmless provision outlined in Senate Bill 1. No school district in Illinois will lose funding under the new proposed formula.

Schools throughout DuPage County will soon see a significant increase in funding to level the playing field with neighboring school districts but not at the expense of other school districts.

Cullerton didn’t agree with the entirety of the legislation but voted in favor of a bipartisan compromise.

“Compromise means making difficult decisions and working with everyone to achieve the best results,” Cullerton said. “This new law is the result of four years of bipartisan work to give children throughout the state the opportunity to be successful.”

Senate Bill 1947 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The new law will go into effect immediately.

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