Bill Text: IL HR0314 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Acknowledges the importance of having a high quality education system and all of the societal benefits that go along with it. Encourages the General Assembly to make education a priority in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, fully fund elementary and secondary education, and continue to strive to create an adequately funded and high quality education system for the benefit of all citizens. Encourages the business community to advocate for a high quality education system in Illinois.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-06-22 - Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. La Shawn K. Ford [HR0314 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HR0314-Introduced.html

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2 WHEREAS, Article X, Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution
3provides that "A fundamental goal of the People of the State is
4the educational development of all persons to the limits of
5their capacities."; the Section also provides that "The State
6shall provide for an efficient system of high quality public
7educational institutions and services." and that "The State has
8the primary responsibility for financing the system of public
9education."; and
10 WHEREAS, The economic competitiveness of the United States
11and Illinois in the global economy requires a well-educated
12workforce; and
13 WHEREAS, In 2017, education is more important than ever
14because it is an essential step to entering and remaining in
15the middle class; and
16 WHEREAS, High school dropouts are more than twice as likely
17to be unemployed and three times as likely to receive welfare
18assistance; nationally, this costs billions of dollars to
19government-funded assistance programs annually; and
20 WHEREAS, The United States Census Bureau estimates that a
21person with a high school diploma will earn $9,634 more per

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1year than someone without a high school diploma; and
2 WHEREAS, In 2014, people without a high school diploma had
3a 9% unemployment rate, compared to a 6% rate for those with a
4high school diploma; and
5 WHEREAS, A well-educated citizenry improves the business
6climate by providing highly skilled workers that employers
7need; and
8 WHEREAS, According to a Georgetown University study, the
9United States economy will face a shortage of five million
10workers with the necessary education and training by 2020; and
11 WHEREAS, The majority of jobs that will be created will
12require some sort of education and training after high school;
14 WHEREAS, Males with a college education live an average of
158 years longer than those without a high school diploma, while
16females with a college education lived an average of 6 years
17longer; males with a college education are also 55% more likely
18to vote than those without a high school diploma, and females
19with a college education are 40% more likely to vote than those
20without a high school diploma; a one-year increase in median
21education level is associated with a more than 13% increase in

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1political primary turnouts; and
2 WHEREAS, Between 1987 and 2007, the United States has
3increased spending on incarceration by 127%, compared with a
421% increase in funding for education during the same time
5period; and
6 WHEREAS, Forty-one percent of all prisoners have not
7completed high school, compared to 18% of the general adult
8population; and
9 WHEREAS, The annual cost of incarcerating an individual is
10roughly $32,000, while the annual cost of educating a student
11is about $11,000; a 5% increase in male graduation rates
12nationally would save an estimated $5 billion annually in
13crime-related expenses; and
14 WHEREAS, Investment in education is shown to prevent
15violence by providing opportunities and knowledge that create a
16higher quality life; and
17 WHEREAS, The average annual public health cost is an
18estimated $2,700 per high school dropout, $1,000 per high
19school graduate, and $170 per college graduate; it is estimated
20that if every high school dropout graduated, the national
21savings in public health costs would exceed $40 billion

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1annually; and
2 WHEREAS, The foundation level is the statutorily set
3minimum per-pupil funding necessary to adequately educate
4public K-12 students in Illinois through a combination of State
5and local resources; the foundation level has remained at
6$6,119 since the 2009-2010 school year, despite rising costs of
7education; and
8 WHEREAS, The Education Funding Advisory Board recommended
9that the foundation level be changed to $9,204 for Fiscal Year
102016 to adequately fund the educational needs of students; and
11 WHEREAS, Illinois currently ranks last in state share of
12P-12 education funding; and
13 WHEREAS, Improved education and more stable employment
14greatly increases tax revenue, returning at least seven dollars
15for every dollar invested in pre-kindergarten education; and
16 WHEREAS, A high quality education system should be the
17identity and legacy that we establish for Illinois and the
18United States; in addition, education should be the number one
19budget priority for the State of Illinois; therefore, be it

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2acknowledge the importance of having a high quality education
3system and all of the societal benefits that go along with it;
4and be it further
5 RESOLVED, That we encourage the General Assembly to make
6education a priority in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and to
7fully fund elementary and secondary education; and be it
9 RESOLVED, That we encourage the business community to
10advocate for a high quality education system in Illinois, which
11will benefit the business climate as well as the citizens of
12Illinois; and be it further
13 RESOLVED, That we encourage the General Assembly to
14continue to strive to create an adequately funded and high
15quality education system for the benefit of all citizens.