Moylan Firmly Opposing Latest Attempt at School Funding Money Grab

03/27/2015


Moylan Firmly Opposing Latest Attempt at School Funding Money Grab.



DES PLAINES, Ill. – As part of his continued fight to stand up for local schools, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, is reiterating his opposition to the latest plan by some members of the General Assembly to redistribute state dollars from school districts in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, and Elk Grove Village to other areas of the state.



“We’ve seen this game played before, members of the General Assembly file legislation designed to take money away from the highly successful suburban districts and redistribute it to underperforming districts in the state,” Moylan said. “The excellent public schools offered in the communities I represent is a major reason why families choose to locate here and we must stand up and ensure their continued success.”



Last week, the State Board of Education released their estimates on how school funding would be affected if the most recent education funding proposal became law. Their numbers show the districts in Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, and Park Ridge would lose a total of $20.8 million in state funding.



“There is no way for the local districts to make up this lost revenue without unsustainable property tax increases or a massive loss in the educational quality provided by their schools,” said Moylan. “While I firmly believe that every child in the state deserves the best education, we cannot allow the quest for improving education to serve as an excuse to shift millions of dollars away from our local schools.”



In addition to opposing this latest legislation, Moylan has also filed a Constitutional Amendment that would require a 3/5 supermajority of legislators to approve any reduction of funding for local schools.