SPRINGFIELD – The following statement is attributable to IEA President Kathi Griffin:
“We are glad to see Gov. J.B. Pritzker look toward increasing the evidence-based funding (EBF) for schools to the recommended $350 million after seeing an increase in revenue this year. Our state is woefully behind in how it funds its public schools and if we were to not fully fund the formula for yet another year, it would negatively impact the education opportunities for students across the state for years down the line. We hope the legislature will support this increase when passing the budget, so our students and staff, who have suffered through the most difficult fifteen months of teaching and learning, can have a sustainable stream of funding in the future and all schools across the state can continue to become more equitably funded.”
The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.