Ives disagrees with evidence-based school funding
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is not of the same school of thought as many of her colleagues when it comes to education funding.
“I have been on three different education task forces,” Ives wrote on her website. “Unfortunately, I was not appointed to the task force that proposed the evidenced based model being debated now. I am certain this was done intentionally knowing I would never agree to this type of funding model and would have vigorously questioned every aspect of the formula as I have already done in committee. Even Republicans were looking to pass ‘evidenced based’ funding which I find concerning.”
Ives noted her extreme opposition to the recently passed budget, which requires the state to transition to an evidence-based model of school funding distribution before any funding can be sent to school districts. She also disagreed with the new bill’s measure of school success, which focuses on how funding is spent rather than student achievement.
“…[A]ny funding bill should be releasing schools of unfunded mandates, ensuring local control remains in place, and most importantly using student performance to measure success and not allegiance to some complex bureaucratic formula,” Ives wrote.