On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker delivered a combined State of the State and Budget Address. The address was delivered from the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. In his address, Governor Pritzker focused on COVID-19 recovery and Illinois’ mounting fiscal debt.
In terms of education funding for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins on July 1, Governor Pritzker committed to holding pk-12 education harmless and providing the same funding levels as the current fiscal year. This is in addition to federal funding for schools that was recently approved by Congress.
The Governor’s proposed budget also includes $28 million in new funding for MAP grants, $3 million for principal mentoring and fully protects the Early Childhood Block Grant.
In response to the Governor’s address, IPA Executive Director Dr. Jason Leahy issued the following statement:
“The Illinois Principals Association appreciates Governor Pritzker’s effort to protect education funding in his FY 2022 State Budget Proposal. During a pandemic when schools need significant resources to keep students, staff, and communities safe while making every effort to provide a quality, equitable education for all young people, we are grateful for the Governor’s commitment to shield school districts from worrying cuts.
Additionally, we are pleased with his recognition of needed supports for our schools’ principals and other building leaders. The $3 million allocation for principal mentoring and recruitment efforts will help us stave off principal attrition and the dwindling leadership pipeline that plague our State.
We do remain hopeful that further budget deliberations will reveal an opportunity to increase our State’s allocation for Evidence Based Funding, but believe this proposal provides a solid foundation for those discussions.”
The Governor’s proposed budget now moves to the Illinois General Assembly for debate and approval.
To read the Governor’s entire address, click HERE.
For a summary of the Governor’s proposed budget, click HERE.
For a slide deck covering the highlights of the Governor's budget, click HERE.