Although many in the state are happy that a budget deal is done, schools are not out of the woods yet. Taylorville School District Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau is warning that general state aid will not come until more work is done in Springfield.
Fuerstenau says that the state needs an evidence-based model to disburse money to schools, and that there is no model currently in place. He says the only evidence based model on the table right now is sitting in Springfield.
Fuerstenau said during the board meeting that if this was the situation about 10 years ago, Taylorville schools would be in big trouble without state aid. Today, he says with the timing of receiving property tax payments, the district should be able to open its doors without immediate state aid.
Fuerstenau says the money is there because of the passed budget, but the State Board of Education cannot disburse money without the model. He says it’s now a game of wait-and-see what Governor Rauner does with Senate Bill 1, which has passed both the Senate and House.