Schools have been much in the news of late. And state funding of public schools is under
As my resolution reflects, the Illinois Constitution
provides in Article X, Section 1, that
But the wonderful educational opportunities available to New
Trier students are not available to all students in
Hence this motion.
We in this township have been blessed by strong community
support for excellent public education. We
understand the value of high quality public education. We should therefore do what we can within
reasonable limits to encourage high quality education in all parts of our
state. Urging our general assembly to
authorize and appropriate sufficient funds so that all
This is the same proposed resolution I sent to Hank on October 4th. I believe you have all seen it. Since the public does not have it, please bear with me while I read it.
There are undoubtedly some in our district for whom income tax and property tax are their primary concerns. But there are many, and I believe many more, who support high quality public education for all citizens of our state. Indeed the Constitution of 1970 was adopted only because most of us support high quality public education.
I think those are arguments
against a motion to send some of the tax dollars now supporting
Yesterday I heard Rabbi Herbert Bronstein speak of his regret over the cutting of AP classes in some schools due to budget cuts. Many people of religious faith in this community, and others for non-religious ethical reasons, see a general responsibility to support high quality public education for all at a reasonable cost for the greater good. And our notion of democracy is bottomed on an educated electorate.
Say this resolution does not
pass. What message would we be sending
to the current students at New Trier?
What message would we be sending to ourselves? If ethical conduct and responsible global
citizenship mean anything they mean standing up for what is right. And in this case what is right is set out in
our Constitution. It is not a close
question as to whether high quality
public education for all
Rather than make a big deal out of this rather innocuous motion, we should pass it immediately and move on to other things.
The motion is as follows:
ADEQUATE FUNDING OF PUBLIC
WHEREAS New Trier Township High School District 203, Cook County, Illinois, has one of the best high school programs in the Nation; and
WHEREAS New Trier is successful in part because students are offered a variety of advanced placement, foreign language, fine arts, and special education classes; and
WHEREAS New Trier is successful in part because class sizes are kept as low as possible consistent with prudent fiscal management; and
WHEREAS New Trier spent $14,909 in operating expense per pupil as measured by the State of Illinois in the latest Report Card; and
WHEREAS The City of Chicago spent $8,482 per pupil and some schools less than $6,140; and
high quality public education" is the right of each
WHEREAS a well educated public is in the best interest of business and industry in this State and of good government; and
WHEREAS not all
public schools in
THEREFORE, the Board of Education of New
1. urges the General Assembly of the State of Illinois to authorize and appropriate sufficient funds to be paid to the school districts of Illinois such that all Illinois high school students have access to a superior educational program; and
2. instructs the Superintendent of
Schools to communicate this resolution to the Governor of the State of