With state legislative sessions underway across the country, a few states are making progress—after years of effort—on fixing broken funding formulas. Here’s a quick recap of the latest school funding action PIE Network advocacy organizations have been fighting for:
- In Washington, the state legislature passed an extension of the Levy Cliff, which League of Education Voters Executive Director Chris Korsmo hopes will allow the legislature to “settle in to resolve the rest of the K-12 funding situation.”
- In Illinois, Advance Illinois joined numerous other advocacy organizations to announce a campaign to fix the funding formula this legislative session. In an NPR interview, Stand for Children Illinois Government Affairs Director discussed bills on the floor designed to fix the funding formula and how the pension system in Illinois further exacerbates the problem.
- In Ohio, Fordham – Ohio released a new report which “gets under the hood of the Buckeye State’s education funding formula and tax policies.’
- In Connecticut, ConnCAN CEO Jennifer Alexander and E4E-Connecticut’s Executive Director Justin Boucher testified for the education committee as the committee considered three bills on school funding
- In Arizona, Stand for Children Arizona is encouraged by the Governor’s commitment to fund education and are advocating for an increase in Early Literacy funding.
Check back to our blog for more updates on the ongoing fights around funding formulas and drop me a line if you’d like to connect with any of the advocates above.