ISBE Announces Public Hearings to Guide FY 2016 Budget Development

Board to gather feedback, set priorities and hear suggested changes to the K-12 funding method


SPRINGFIELD, IL – State education leaders are urging Illinoisans to weigh in on their priorities for education as the state develops the fiscal year 2016 K-12 education budget.

The Illinois State Board of Education is offering a series of public hearings across the state to gather opinions and ideas regarding education resources and funding as the Board develops its budget recommendation, typically sent to the General Assembly and Governor in January.

ISBE’s Finance and Audit Committee will host the first of five public hearings immediately following the Oct. 15 Board meeting at CityView Banquet and Meeting Center in downtown Champaign. In Illinois, schools are funded through this state education budget as well as local and federal sources, with local revenue supporting the bulk of education costs.

“One of the Board’s most important roles is to serve as a strong advocate for sufficient and equitable funding for K-12 education to help ensure each and every student in the state is prepared for the rigors of college and careers,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch.

This year the hearings will also offer attendees an opportunity to voice feedback on Senate Bill 16, pending legislation that aims to more equitably distribute how state dollars are shared among the 857 public school districts in Illinois.  Testimony from the FY 2016 budget hearings regarding Senate Bill 16 will be shared with legislators and ISBE staff.

The State Board has been studying the state’s funding formula for several years and has previously shared its five key principles for education funding, which are Adequacy, Simplicity, Transparency, Equity and to be Outcome-focused.

“We look forward to hearing from citizens about Senate Bill 16 and how well it meets the State Board’s five principles,” said Jim Baumann, chair of the ISBE Finance and Audit Committee. “At a time of renewed interest in examining how schools are funded in Illinois, it is especially important that we hear from parents, educators and students themselves.”

State K-12 Budget Hearings Schedule

Those who are unable to attend one of the five public hearings are encouraged to email any guidance or feedback to ISBE at isbefy16@isbe.net. The public budget hearings for FY 2016 will be conducted on the following dates and locations:

·         Wednesday, Oct. 15 – Immediately following Board meeting (3 to 5 p.m.) – Champaign – CityView Meeting Center, 45 East University Avenue.

·         Monday, Nov. 10 – 3 to 5 p.m. – Quincy – Adams County Health Department, 330 Vermont Street.

·         Wednesday, Nov. 12 – 5 to 7 p.m.  – Round Lake – John T. Magee Middle School Cafeteria, 500 Cedar Lake Road.

·         Monday, Nov. 17 – 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. – Granite City – GCHS Atrium, 3101 Madison Avenue.

·         Friday, Nov. 21 – Immediately following Board meeting (3 to 5 p.m.) – Chicago – Thompson Center, Conference Room 16-503, 100 West Randolph Street.

Budgeting for Results

Consistent with the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting principles, Illinois requires state agencies to use a ”Budgeting for Results” model to establish spending priorities, meet goals and deliver excellent services and value to taxpayers. To meet the Budgeting for Results requirements, budget hearing participants are once again asked to provide the following information when presenting their FY 2016 budget requests to the ISBE Finance and Audit Committee:

  • Outcomes: What outcomes will the funding allotment achieve?

  • Measures: What are the measurable results of these outcomes?

  • Value: What is the value of the outcomes?

  • Historical: What outcomes have been achieved in the past?

  • Moving forward: How does your organization plan to improve the value of services it provides using funding and other resources?

Budgeting for Results calls on every state agency to make the case for its budget based on its ability to successfully deliver results and value to Illinois residents.

The Board generally recommends an education budget during its January Board meeting, several months prior to any General Assembly action on the next fiscal year’s budget. The Board can only make a recommendation. The Governor and legislators must determine how to generate revenue and set the final budget. To see past budget information, visit the ISBE budget page at http://www.isbe.net/budget/default.htm.