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JB Pritzker will be at the LCFT Union Hall on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. for a meet and greet. 

 

The LCFT Executive Board meeting on August 29, 2017 the Lake County Federation of Teachers Executive Board delegates voted unanimously to endorse JB Pritzker in the 2018 Democratic Gubernatorial Primary.  The LCFT delegates expressed their strong desire to support a candidate for governor who will fight for working families and public education in Lake County and across Illinois.

 

The Lake County Federation of Teachers represents 6500 education professionals across Lake County.

 

We need your support! Please attend the town hall meeting hosted by Representative Jesiel to discuss SB1. Jesiel needs to hear from us that we believe this bill is necessary and that we support it.

When and Where:

Tuesday, August 227-8pm

Grandwood Park Park District

36630 N. Hutchins Rd.

Gurnee, IL

Why is SB1 so important?

SB1 is the first school funding reform to pass the General Assembly in over two decades, but the Governor vetoed the bill.  The House of Representatives needs to override the amendatory veto, which undermines the fundamental principles of the evidence-based model by:

1. Pushing more costs to our local taxpayers and does not take into account the vital educational variables needed to support the children.

2. Changing the definition of adequate funding by ignoring inflationary growth, which will require more of the cost of education to be paid from local funds.

3. Pretending schools have access to local funds in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) zones, which communities across the state use to spur development. These new tax dollars go directly to the municipal governments–not to schools. 

4. Ending the per-district hold harmless amount in three years by changing it to a per-pupil amount, which hurts every underfunded district that has declining enrollment. 

As you may have seen covered in the media, there is a major impasse between legislators and the governor over how much state money to send to local school districts for the 2017-2018 school year. Some school districts in Illinois are predicting they will not have enough money to open school this fall and others say they will need to close early in the spring unless education is funded as outlined in the state budget. We continue to follow school funding discussions at the state capital and we are asking you to contact your local legislator and the governor’s office as soon as possible to encourage them to work together for a school funding solution. Following is contact information for local legislators whose districts overlap Woodland District 50. Thank you for your support!

Congratulations to our new BOE members who were sworn in tonight! We look forward to working together in the future!

Use this link to access the new contract. Printed contracts will be out ASAP. Thank you for your patience.

 http://rmd.me/kYLVj

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Upcoming Events:

Saturday Sept 23: Green Apple Day of Service volunteer opportunity!

Twice as Nice Diaper Drive

 

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