AM News: Figuring Out The State Budget

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Agencies brace for budget scalpel PJ Star:  From
the disabled who need help to stay in their homes to school districts
trying to balance their own budgets, people who rely on state spending
are bracing for Gov. Pat Quinn's budget scalpel... Detroit Schools in Fiscal Rut Despite Cutbacks WSJ:  Detroit's
ailing public schools suffered an unexpected setback Wednesday when the
district announced its budget deficit would balloon in the fiscal year
beginning Thursday... Pass the school voucher bill Tribune (editorial):  The
rigorous study found the 202 students who were offered vouchers -- known
as "opportunity scholarships" -- to attend a private school were much
more likely to graduate from high school than those who applied for the
help, but didn't get it and remained in public schools... Quinn's budget cuts announced today As
Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to outline possible cuts in state services
during an event in Chicago Thursday, Illinois ended the fiscal year
with about $4.5 billion in unpaid bills. A champion of education Cowlishaw,
who represented the Naperville area in the Illinois General Assembly
for 20 years, died June 23 at Edward Hospital. She was 78.

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  • here's a statement about the budget from karen lewis:

    Illinois Governor Quinn today revealed a state budget which drastically cuts state support for education and social services in Chicago and across the state. The President of the Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis, stated that,

  • Today's budget announcement by Governor Pat Quinn cut pre-school through grade 12 education less than many other sectors of state government. I will explain this below. According to the budget material given out by Governor Quinn today, the pre-K through 12 budget was cut by $241 million.

    One of these cuts was for $15.6 million that the Illinois General Assembly had appropriated for what is called General State Aide hold harmless. This grant was for school districts that had greater wealth, the ISBE began to phase out hold harmless for the poverty formula in FY 2010. This cut will not affect CPS in the least. Another other cut was made using line item reduction powers and that is for $35.6 million in operational expenses for ISBE itself. This also does not impact CPS. I do not think anything in today's announcement by the Governor will cause CPS to increase its current budget deficit estimates.

    On June 23-24 the ISBE met and passed an updated budget, which may now have to be amended. That budget passed by ISBE was $331.6 million lower than was the ISBE budget for FY2010. Based on the numbers coming out today public education is going to actually gain funding based on the Governor's allocation as compared to the budget ISBE passed on June 24. By my quick calculation is public education gained $90 million based on the Governor's budget as compared to ISBE's budget of June 24.

    Now because of the Emergency Budget powers granted to the Governor, he can pretty much take additional dollars out of this budget if he needs to fill other holes, pay pensions, back bills, etc. So there is great instability in everything related to education. The Governor did say all money owed from FY 2010 would be paid by the state by December 31.

    District 299 readers in order to understand why I say pre-K through 12 education was hurt the less than many agencies, should note the following: elementary and secondary education had a $7.3 billion dollar budget in FY 2010 it was only cut by 3.3%, but Human Services with a FY2010 budget of $4.047 billion was cut by 7.7%. In actual cash dollars human services were cut by $71.6 million dollar more than education which had a FY 2010 budget which was much larger.

    Higher Ed was cut by 4.5%, Dept of Aging was cut by 2.65% but its budget for FY2010 was only $656.2 million, Healthcare and Family Services was cut by 2.07%, Public Health was cut by 11%, Children and Family Services was cut by 0.69%, Illinois State Police funding was cut by 5.4%, and the Department of Corrections was cut by 3.6%,

    Rod Estvan

  • I am sorry for my delay in responding to the question of July 1. The ISBE approved for general (not special education) transportation in its tenative budget on June 24th about $270 million which was about $83.9 million less on a statewide level than in FY 2010. On Feburary 18th the ISBE budget for transportation funding had actually been increased on a statewide level by $3 million.

    So yes, CPS will experience a proporotional reduction for ISBE transportation funding. In FY 2010 CPS spent about $101.5 million for transportation (p. 72 FY 2010 budget) this is inclusive of special education transportation which was not cut by ISBE due to Federal funding requirements. If I was to venture a guess about the actual funding loss to CPS on this line item I would say around $16 million, this is far, far less than the loss in special education funding CPS had been fearing and budgeting for up to Governor Quinn's presentation last week.

    Rod Estvan

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