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Education Part V: Property Taxes, the Well Has Gone Dry

“The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” Constitution of Illinois, Article X, Section 1 Question: Why do property taxes keep going up? Answer: Because they can. Over the past several posts, I’ve discussed the … Continue reading

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Education Part IV: Poverty Grant and PTELL Subsidy, Why Do They Matter?

“The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” Constitution of Illinois, Article X, Section 1 Until the turn of this century, the Foundation Level Grant was the primary component of state education support, and was … Continue reading

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Education Part III: PTELL Giveth and PTELL Taketh Away

“The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” Constitution of Illinois, Article X, Section 1 THE GIVETH PART: The Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) is designed to limit the increases in property tax extensions … Continue reading

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Education Funding, Part II: The Big Sucking Sound from the Shores of Lake Michigan

“The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” Constitution of Illinois, Article X, Section 1 We now move on to the second funding stream in General State Aid, the Supplemental Low‐Income (Poverty) Grant. Don’t worry, … Continue reading

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Invoking the Nuclear Option on Pensions

The head of the Chicago Teachers’ Union pension fund, Charles Burbridge, was on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, and he held up 7 checks totaling $643 million, which was the amount needed to fully fund this year’s required contribution. When Phil … Continue reading

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