Representatives of teachers, education support professionals, school administrators and other education advocates, today announced their support for the proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would place a 3 percent surcharge on individual incomes above $1 million.

House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 26, would direct an estimated $1 billion in much-needed additional funding to K-12 schools.

Cinda Klickna, President of the Illinois Education Association, said that the state’s Education Funding Advisory Board (EFAB) has found that providing an adequate education to all Illinois students would require the state to spend $8,899 per pupil. The state budget that Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled a week ago calls for per pupil spending of $5,782

“Our children are being cheated out of their right — the opportunity to receive a high quality education,” Klickna said. 
“This amendment is a step toward ending the inequality that occurs when the level of support a school receives is determined by a student’s zip code. 
The IEA strongly supports the adoption of this amendment as a first step toward ending the education funding crisis in which Illinois has been mired for years,” she added.

In order for the surcharge to become law, the General Assembly must vote to place a binding referendum on the 2016 ballot, then voters must approve the amendment to the state constitution.

An advisory referendum on the November ballot showed there was strong support for the surcharge. See the county by county results of the surcharge referendum.

Also endorsing the amendment today were the Illinois Federation of Teachers, Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance, Large Unit District Association, Stand for Children Illinois and Advance Illinois.

Read the release: Education advocates back surcharge for schools

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The Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the largest organization of education employees in Illinois. IEA-NEA is a state affiliate of the National Education Association and represents more than 130,000 teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, retired education employees and students planning to become teachers.

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