In today’s Northwest Herald, reporter Megan Jones interviewed school officials throughout the county regarding the State of Illinois’ new evidence-based funding model for education.
From the article:
In the state of Illinois, District 50 is the third farthest from adequate funding, and it will receive $2.28 million in new state contributions – the most in McHenry County.
The district’s annual spending is 51 percent short of what is considered adequate under the formula, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
Superintendent Corey Tafoya said the district plans to add more teachers and resources for English-language learners, such as expanding the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which helps prepare first-generation college students. District 50 also hasn’t had art teachers specific to elementary school.
“Our diversity is important, and we embrace it and value it, but we haven’t been able to afford all of the same educational opportunities,” Tafoya said. “This is a launching pad for us to catch up to some of our colleagues who have had these resources for years.”
You can read more about the changes on the Herald’s website.
The additional funding will provide critical resources to improve student learning and bring the district towards the state’s adequacy target.
In an episode of the district’s video series, Hanging with Harmilda, Dr. Tafoya shared how the evidence-based funding will impact students and teachers.
Learn more about the evidence-based funding formula at the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.