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May 15, 2024Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat reports on CTBA's most recent Fully Funding the Evidence-Based Formula, Volume IX and talks with author Elaine Gaberik. Gaberik, one of the co-authors of the report, told Chalkbeat that one of the best things the evidence-based formula did for public schools was to change the ratio of local funding to state funding.

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May 15, 2024Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune references CTBA’s EBF report, “Fully Funding the Evidence-Based Formula: FY 2025 Proposed General Fund Budget “ in its CTU story.

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May 7, 2024WGN RAdio

Terry Savage, nationally syndicated financial columnist and author, joins Lisa Dent to talk about a new report released by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

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New report from the Center for Tax & Budget Accountability examines Chicago’s four public employee pensions. 

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May 3, 2024Daily Herald

Ralph Martire's column shows that data does not support allotting public funds to sports stadiums.

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April 24, 2024WCIA.com

A new proposal to revamp the state’s funding of higher education aims to create a more equitable approach to the process, but it’s been met with some pushback. As part of the plan, certain metrics would determine the amount of money universities would get. But it would also set up equity adjustments giving extra money for schools based on student’s income status and race. Ralph Martire, the executive director for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, told WCIA “It just makes it more likely that additional students from these backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented, rural, Black, Latino, low-income, will be enrolling and not just enrolling but successfully completing their degree in five years.”

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March 21, 2024Chalkbeat

Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, welcomed the move away from student-based budgeting, calling it an inequitable approach “because not every student has the same needs and doesn’t generate the same resources.”

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March 19, 2024Illinois Public Radio

Since Illinois started the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act in 2017, the state has made progress in addressing disparities in educational funding, directing resources to the schools most in need, particularly in lower-income and minority areas. CTBA’s Elaine Gaberik and Ralph

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March 6, 2024Capitol News Illinois

CTBA's Ralph Martire joined state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Westchester, at a news conference Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at the Illinois Capitol to highlight the findings of a new report on state funding for public universities. 

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March 6, 2024BNN Breaking News

A groundbreaking report highlights a $1.4 billion underfunding of Illinois public universities, proposing a strategic increase in state funding. Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and commission member, pointed out the decline in state funding for operational costs from 72% in 2002 to 35% in 2021, exacerbating college inaccessibility and systemic income inequality.

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