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Illinois State Board of Education finalizes evidence-based funding formula for FY 2018

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PRESS RELEASE | SPRINGFIELD The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today issued vouchers to the Illinois State Comptroller, paving the way for the tier funding portion of fiscal year 2018 Evidence-Based Funding to flow to the most under-resourced districts.

ISBE issued vouchers according to the planned timeline, concluding months of extraordinary partnership with school districts and lawmakers to deliver accurate and on-time distributions.

“Implementing a radically new funding formula required extraordinary effort by ISBE staff and school districts,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “I deeply appreciate Governor Rauner and the General Assembly’s commitment through the passage, cleanup, and distribution of this historic first year of Evidence-Based Funding.”

ISBE posted the complete model of fiscal year 2018 Evidence-Based Funding calculations on the ISBE website at www.isbe.net/ebfdist​.

“The EBF numbers show staggering inequity,” Smith said. “We now have common language to talk about the needs of our students and the situated-ness of our schools within communities. We have a common understanding of what all of our children deserve. Evidence-Based Funding puts us on the path to deliver on the promise of equity for all Illinois’ students. Investing in equity is the superior growth strategy for our state.”

ISBE led a collaborative process with school districts to verify detailed enrollment counts for the past three years. The EBF formula defines an adequate funding target for each school district, based on enrollment numbers and the cost of 34 factors proven to deliver the greatest positive impact to students. The formula compares each district’s current resources to its unique adequacy target. Increases in state education appropriations go to the most under-resourced districts.

Tier funding totals approximately $395 million statewide, including $29 million specifically for English Learners in the highest need districts. ISBE issues EBF vouchers twice per month from August through June. School districts have been receiving the base funding minimum, or hold harmless, portion of EBF. The final six EBF vouchers for FY 2018 will contain all of the FY 2018 tier funding. The Comptroller is responsible for processing the vouchers and distributing funds to school districts.

The EBF formula requires an additional $7.2 billion investment to provide adequate funding for every school district in the state.

Learn more about the Evidence-Based Funding formula at https://www.isbe.net/ebf2018​.

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Bookstock coming back to Jacksonville for its third year

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The Jacksonville Public Library will be hosting its third annual Bookstock concert this weekend, September 22nd. Melanie Devaney, Chad Elliott, and Ben Bedford will be performing during the afternoon. There will also be a children’s concert in the morning with Kevin Farris, Duke Otherwise, and Mike Lockett. Bookstock will also include a craft market for children this year. In addition to selling items, kids can learn about running their own businesses.

These concerts are free to the public, and are part of the Friends of the Library Book Sale. This is one of their major fundraisers. That sale will be going on all day.

To learn more about the events, check out the events on Facebook, or the Library’s website.

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Springfield Police’s “Bridging the Gap” BBQ this weekend

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PRESS RELEASE | The Outlet in partnership with the Springfield Police Department invite the community this Saturday, September 22 for the annual Bridging the Gap BBQ. This free, family-friendly event will take place at Jaycee Park, 2400 E. Monroe Street, from 12-noon to 3:00 p.m.  This event brings the community, law enforcement and first responders together for an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun for the entire family.

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Springfield communities host National Night Out events

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PRESS RELEASE | In partnership with the Springfield Police Department and city officials, neighborhood associations across Springfield will be hosting events on Tuesday, August 7 in celebration of National Night Out.  This annual event encourages neighborhoods across the nation to spend the evening outside with neighbors, police and community leaders. It is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Neighborhood associations across Springfield will host a variety of family-friendly events. These events are free to the public and residents are encouraged to participate. It is an opportunity to explore Springfield and meet residents throughout the community.

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Enos Park, The Avenue & Lincoln Park Enos Park Pavilion, between 7th & 8th Streets 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. www.facebook.com/EnosPark

 

Ernie Bankhead Intersection of Livingston & Beech 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
Historic Westside Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
Iles Park & Harvard Park Iles Park, 2000 S. 6th Street

 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. www.ilespark.org/events/iles-park-harvard-park-national-night-out-picnic-in-the-park-tuesday-august-7-2018/
Laketown, Franklin Park & Lake Springfield Firefighters Postal Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Drive 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
MacArthur Boulevard Business Association Bites on the Boulevard, 1413 S. MacArthur 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  

www.facebook.com/MacBBA/

(food and drink will be available for purchase)

Pioneer Park

 

Boys & Girls Club, 300 S. 15thStreet 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
Sherwood Neighborhood Association Vredenburgh Park, 100 Crusaders Road 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
Yorktown & Glen Aire Navy Club, 3100 Stanton Street 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

The Springfield Municipal Band will also be performing at Douglas Park on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at 7:30 p.m.  If you have questions about any of the events planned, you may reach out to the associations directly or contact the Springfield Police Department at 217.788.8325.

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