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Haine: Area schools to receive additional $4M in Year 2 of new formula

haine 050118COLLINSVILLE—Collinsville schools will continue to benefit from Illinois’ new school funding formula, which guarantees local schools will receive nearly $1.5 million more in total state support this year than they did last year, State Senator Bill Haine announced this week.

That means the new formula will have brought more than $3 million in additional money into the school district during its first two years on the books.

“The evidence-based funding model is now bringing more money to every school,” said Haine, an Alton Democrat and supporter of the multi-year effort to change the formula. “In fact, no schools in Illinois lose money under this model. I’m particularly pleased to see our poorest school districts finally get the state support and attention they have needed for too long.”

“It is exciting to see progress, modernization and greater technology coming to our local classrooms as we can now see the fruits of the new, equitable approach.”

Statewide, many school districts are hiring back teachers and counselors who had been laid off because of budget constraints. Schools are able to free up resources now, putting vital programs back in place and creating new learning programs with updated materials and tools.

Under the evidence-based model, long-underfunded schools can achieve adequate funding over time without penalizing schools that have already had adequate funding.

For example, last year, Collinsville District 10 received $1.5 million in new, additional state money. This year, more than $1.5 million will be added for 2018-2019 school year, bringing its total state funding for the year to nearly $25 million.

Alton School District received $1.5 million in additional funding under the new formula last year. This year, more than $1 million will be added to the district’s total, bringing the district’s total state funding to more than $21.4 million for the 2018-2019 school year.

Here is a breakdown of area schools’ funding for 2018-2019 under Year 2 of the evidenced-based funding formula, according to calculations by the Illinois State Board of Education:

  • Alton School District – $1,033,112 in new money         |  $21,422,870 total state contribution
  • Bethalto School District – $679,180 in new money       |  $11,289,637 total state contribution
  • Central School District – $15,871 in new money           |  $735,174 total state contribution
  • Collinsville School District - $1,544,556 in new money | $24,808,805 total state contribution
  • East Alton School District - $239,427 in new money     | $3,918,246 total state contribution
  • East Alton Wood River -- $314,166 in new money        |  $1,793,515 total state contribution
  • Edwardsville School District - $205,138 in new money | $8,777,641 total state contribution
  • Roxana School District - $2,039 in new money              |  $2,080,662 total state contribution
  • Wood River Hartford Elem District - $54,287 in new money |  $1,911,540 total state contribution

In all, public school districts in the 56th Senate District will receive nearly $4 million in new money this year under the new formula. Added to last year’s total of more than $5 million, public schools represented by Haine have received nearly $10 million in new money in just two years.

Sen. William R. Haine

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Assistant Majority Leader
56th District

Years served:
2002 - Present

Committee assignments: Criminal Law; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Born 8 August 1944, in Alton, Illinois. United States Army Veteran; one tour of duty, Vietnam (1967-69); Bachelors Degree, St. Louis University (1967); Juris Doctorate, St. Louis University School of Law (1974). Member, Madison County Board (1978, 1982-86); Metro-East Transit District Board of Trustees (1981-88); Madison County State's Attorney (1988-2002). Wife, Anna, 7 children, 31 grandchildren.