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Advocacy

How to Get Involved

Advocacy is at the heart of the PTA's mission and vision. 

The National and Illinois PTA's advocate for children and their families regarding a wide array of issues.  Children can't vote so PTA's across the country exist as a voice for our children.

You as a PTA Member play a role as well.  Here are some resources and ways you can communicate with the decision makers in your child's future:

 

Look up your Congressman, State Senator, and State Representative

Illinois General Assembly

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Making your Voice Heard - from the League of Women Voters of Elmhurst

 

SENATE BILL 16: SCHOOL FUNDING REFORM ACT

By Carol Snyder, District 205 PTA Council Legislative Chair

SB16 continues to generate significant discussion throughout Illinois. Opposition to the bill, in its present form, is mounting because many School Districts, including District 205, will be negatively impacted.  Consequently, amendments to SB16 will likely be influenced by public outcry and the movement of other prospective measures intended to address Illinois' budget crisis. Prospective measures include:

• shifting $10.2 billion in education pension costs from the state onto local school districts
• making the 5% income tax permanent
• replacing the IL flat income tax with a progressive income tax
• imposing new sales taxes on services (such as dry cleaning, hair cuts, legal services, etc.)
• introducing a "millionaire tax" - an additional 3% income tax on earnings over $1 million

Because school funding reform is only one part of a larger effort to address Illinois' budget woes, proposed amendments to SB16 may not be entirely favorable.  The Illinois League of Women Voters recently warned that amendments may include a shift in pension costs, thus continuing the erosion of school district finances and further burdening property taxpayers (see the Fact Sheet link below).  Despite valid concerns, it is impossible to forecast how our legislators will respond to SB16 when they reconvene for the veto session onNovember 19th.

The District 205 PTA Council adopted a formal stance in opposition to SB16.  Please join us in raising our collective voices and demanding a beneficial outcome for ALL Illinois schoolchildren.

What Can You Do?
• Sign the SB16 Vote No Petition
• Contact Representative Patti Bellock - rep@pbellock.com (630) 852-8633
• Contact Representative Kathleen Willis - repwillis77@gmail.com  (708) 562-6970
• Contact Representative Deb O'Keefe Conroy - repdebconroy@gmail.com  (630) 415-3520
• Contact Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan - mmadigan@hds.ilga.gov (773) 581-8000 or (217) 782-5350

Additional Information:
• League of Women Voters SB16 Fact Sheet
• District 205 SB16 Statement
• ISBE Funding Reform Presentation 
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