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    *updated 10.18.17



    Videos available to explain the Evidence-Based Model

    In light of the new school funding model being implemented, we want to share with you some resources regarding the Evidence-Based Model (EBM). Dr. Michael Jacoby, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), LeRoy Superintendent Gary Tipsord and the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) have collaborated to produce a series of five videos to help explain the EBM.

    Please click on the links below to access the videos:

    Four Major Components Overview

    Adequacy Target

    Base Funding Minimum

    Local Capacity Target

    Tier Distribution


    Senate Bill 1947 at a glance

    The evidence-based model (EBM) and Senate Bill 1947 are explained in a user-friendly slide presentation. The presentation covers such topics as:

    • How the EBM meets the requirements for an equitable school funding system
    • The four major components of the EBM
    • How the adequacy target is calculated
    • How local capacity is calculated

    To view the presentation, click here.

    To view the 26 Elements, click here.

    To view the potential effects of the research-based recommendations, click here.

    Webinar on evidence-based model available for viewing

    A recording of a webinar held Tuesday to answer questions about Senate Bill 1947, the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act, is now available for viewing by clicking here. The webinar is led by Dr. Michael Jacoby, the executive director of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and one of the education leaders who helped design the evidence-based school funding model.

    The webinar lasts just over 1 ½ hours and includes an overview of SB 1947, discusses the impact of the new law on school districts and includes a Q & A segment. Please click here if you wish to download the slides* from the presentation. 

    *--One of the slides in the original presentation references the 27 research-based elements of the evidence-based model, but the model now includes 26 elements. Click here for the updated list of elements.

    Information regarding the evidence-based school funding law

    Click here for facts and and talking points regarding Senate Bill 1947, the school funding reform law.The document includes information about the tax credit provisions, the property tax provisions and other components of the law.


    Summary of SB 1 AV model
    Our analysis of the ISBE model shows the amendatory veto for what it is: a trojan horse that masks inequities and will have severe consequences for districts in out years. The AV doesn't align with our principles, attacks the core of the evidence-based model and impacts districts long-term by doing the following (click on link below to enlarge the side-by-side comparison)
    SB 1 comparison

    SB 1 webinar details future impacts of AV on schools
    IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark recently participated with other school funding experts in a webiner that explained Senate Bill 1, the school funding reform measure that uses the evidence-based model, as well as the possible future impacts of the governor's amendatory veto. You can access the webinar by clicking on SB 1.

    Click here for budget toolkit Budget Crisis Toolkit Available as State Still Without School Funding Law

    The financial crisis that is building in our public schools continues as it seems the state cannot get out of its own way. As it finishes one crisis by passing a state budget with the revenues to fund education at a higher level, it creates a new crisis. It is unfathonable, but once again we are in uncharted waters in terms of being in mid-July with no mechanism in place to distribute funds to the state's public schools.

    Senate Bill 1, the school funding reform bill that passed both chambers, has been held up for additional negotiations, but talks broke off in early July. All indications are that the governor will veto the bill outright or in amendatory fashion if/when it lands on his desk. Unless that changes, his veto is overriden or a compromise is reached to get a funding formula in place, state funding will not be able to go to the state's public schools -- even though there are increased state revenues and a budget that appropriates $350 million addional dollars for the evidence-based school funding formula. The Budget Crisis Toolkit below has been revised to reflect the current situation.

     Il Channel IASA's Dr. Clark discusses school funding, future of public education on Illinois Channel

    IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark recently sat down for an interview with Terry Martin of the Illinois Channel. Dr. Clark discussed a variey of issues, including school funding and the future of public education in Illinois. You can access the video by clicking here.