Policy Documents

No. 73 The Heartland Report on School Finance Reform for Illinois: Part 2

Joseph Bast, Herbert J. Walberg Ph.D., and Robert J. Genetski Ph.D. –
May 1, 1996

In Part 1 of this report, we replied to the March 1996 report of the Governor's Commission on Education Funding.

In this second and final part of our report, we advance an alternative set of principles for school finance reform in Illinois. In many ways, these principles follow the lead of the Governor's Commission. For example, we too seek to create a connection between funding and outputs; we seek to clearly define academic standards; we call for substantial property tax relief; we try to give affluent districts a bigger stake in the state funding system; and we offer a constitutional amendment to protect taxpayers from "bait and switch" trickery once reform legislation is enacted.

Like the Commission, we propose eight principles of school finance reform. Principle 7 presents The Heartland Plan, a proposal that incorporates the earlier principles. Principle 8 presents a proposed constitutional amendment that would implement The Heartland Plan.