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May 15, 2024Chalkbeat

Due to inflation and state lawmakers holding K-12 funding flat in 2020 during the height of the COVID pandemic, districts would not be adequately funded until 2034 if the state continues to only add $350 million to the evidence-based funding formula, according to a report from the Center for Tax

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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 14, 2024CapitolFax.com

CapFax shares CTBA’s EBF, Volume IX report finds that at the current rate of state funding - $300 million per year – Illinois’ Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act (EBF) will not be fully funded until FY 2034 as well as its Educating Illinois: Volume II report, which shows that

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May 9, 2024The Center Square

Center for Tax and Budget Accountability Executive Director Ralph Martire explained how the new higher education funding formula seeks to shift the costs away from students, with state taxpayers taking on the responsibility for paying tuition costs.

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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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April 18, 2024The Center Square

"Creating a funding formula that both invests in all of our institutions and generates positive economic activity across the state, while stabilizing higher ed funding and addressing historic racism against Blacks seems like the logical, fair and right thing to do,” said Martire.

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