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Clayborne votes for fair funding, property tax relief for area schools

clayborne05052017CM0335rSPRINGFIELD – High-poverty, downstate school districts, shortchanged for decades under Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation education funding formula, could see a significant influx of funding to level the playing field with wealthier school districts under a landmark school funding reform measure that passed in both houses of the legislature this week.

“The current funding formula puts many students in our communities at a tremendous disadvantage and has forced local school districts to hike up property tax rates. I am proud to join my colleagues to support additional funding for our schools and property tax relief for our communities,” said Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville).

Senate Bill 1 has strong support from thousands of school administrators, superintendents, principals, educators, taxpayers and advocates for fair school funding. Illinois’ school funding formula has not been updated in more than 20 years and is considered one of the worst in the nation because it relies so heavily on local property wealth.

An analysis of Illinois State Board of Education figures released estimates this week by Funding Illinois’ Future – a coalition that advocates for school funding reform – shows potential funding increases for area school districts under Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based model that accounts for factors such as students with disabilities, English language learners and low-income students.

It also provides extra support for the neediest districts in the quest for adequate funding, and it offers property tax relief.

No school district would receive less funding under Senate Bill 1 than they have received under Illinois’ current school funding formula.

The estimated overall gain some area school districts would experience under the Funding Illinois’ Future analysis of SB1 based on FY17 funding levels:

  • Belle Valley School District 119 - $437,238
  • Belleville School District 118 - $1,401,597
  • Belleville Township High School District 201 - $1,941,563
  • Brooklyn Unit District 188 - $36,744
  • Cahokia Community Unit District 187 - $551,826
  • East St. Louis School District 189 - $1,357,558
  • Freeburg Community Consolidated School District 70 - $32,974
  • Freeburg Community High School District 77 - $47,618
  • Granite City Community Unit School District 9 - $2,333,657
  • Grant Community Consolidated School District 110- $29,708
  • Harmony EMGE School District 175 - $69,982
  • High Mount School District 116 - $209,352
  • Lebanon Community Unit School District 9 - $39,789
  • Madison Community Unit School District 12 - $107,926
  • Millstadt Community Consolidated School District 160 - $24,580
  • O’Fallon  Community Consolidated School District 90 - $164,969
  • O’Fallon Township High School District 203 - $375,419
  • Shiloh Village School District 85 - $46,946
  • Signal Hill School District 181 - $104,876
  • Smithton Community Consolidated School District 3 - $19,989
  • Whiteside School District 115 - $66,197
  • Wolf Branch School District 113 - $25,444

In addition, under Senate Bill 1, high-tax school districts are eligible for property tax relief up to 1 percent of their EAV. Estimated property tax relief for two area school districts:

  • Cahokia Community Unit School District 187 - $64,904
  • East St. Louis School District 189 - $79,425

To review the Funding Illinois’ Future analysis, visit fundingilfuture.org.

Sen. Clayborne


57th District
Senate Majority Leader

Years served:
1995 - Present

Committee assignments: Assignments (Chairperson); Energy; Executive; Insurance; Judiciary.

Biography: Attorney; born Dec. 29, 1963, in St. Louis; B.S., political science, Tennessee State University; J.D., University of Miami; partner with his firm Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner; (Belleville); former St. Clair County Assistant State's Attorney; has four sons.