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Senate Education Chair ensures Illinois’ schools receive record-setting investments

jbt 050719SPRINGFIELD— Schools across the 49th State Senate District are set to receive record-level funding from the bipartisan budget passed by the Illinois State Senate.

The Senate’s Education Chair, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, fought to ensure schools across Will and Kendall Counties received state funding as promised by the mandated education funding outlined in the monumental evidence-based funding formula.

“Stability and predictability are essential to schools as they make financially sound decisions in the best interests of our children,” said Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood). “If we want equity in our outcomes for students, we need equity in our state funding.”

The budget allocates more than $544 million in dedicated funding to early childhood education to give Illinois kids a strong foundation before they enter kindergarten.

“One of the most important investments we can make as a state is in our children,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Studies continue to emphasize that the time and money we allocate in educating students at an early age pays dividends in the future.”

To fight the high property taxes that continue to burden working families across Illinois, the budget commits $50 million to support property tax relief.

“Funding schools the right way will lead to lower property taxes,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “As we work to funding our schools at 100 percent adequacy levels, it is essential that homeowners are given relief from high property tax bills.”

Bertino-Tarrant also championed House Bill 837 which would prohibit legislators from receiving raises in Fiscal Year 2020.

“It is unacceptable for legislators to receive pay raises,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This measure will ensure we work together to move the state toward fiscal stability and economic growth by directing vital tax payer dollars to where desperately needed.”

Bertino-Tarrant has refused a pay raise every year she has been in office.

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education (Chairperson); Insurance; Labor; Licensed Activities (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital.

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.

Associated Representatives:
Mark Batinick
Natalie A. Manley