Education Funding

Ed. Spending Hike Includes Tuition Aid

By Sean Cavanagh — May 23, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The following offers highlights of the recent legislative sessions. Precollegiate enrollment figures are based on fall 2005 data reported by state officials for public elementary and secondary schools. The spending figures for precollegiate education do not include federal flow-through funds, unless noted.


Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich


31 Democrats
27 Republicans
1 Independent

65 Democrats
53 Republicans

2.1 million

State lawmakers in Illinois have approved a series of education-related measures supported by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, who is up for re-election in the fall, including a new financial-aid program tailored to middle-income families and an expansion of the state’s preschool program.

The financial-aid measure will offer a $500-a-year grant to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who attend college in Illinois, where in-state tuition and fees at public universities average about $7,000 a year. The new program, funded at $34 million in fiscal 2007, is aimed at students whose family incomes are more than the eligibility threshold of the existing Monetary Award Program, or MAP, for college students from needy families.

Legislators also agreed to support the governor’s Preschool for All program, which will expand eligibility for state-subsidized preschool programs for three- and four-year-olds to middle-income families, not just low-income ones. The program is expected to cost $45 million in fiscal 2007 and $135 million over a three-year period, said Ronny Wickenhauser, the budget and financial adviser for the state board of education.

Overall state general funds for K-12 education will increase by about 7 percent, to $6.5 billion, in fiscal 2007.

Lawmakers also approved legislation, supported by Mr. Blagojevich, that will make it easier for school districts to consolidate. The new measure will make it easier for willing districts to merge, while allowing single dissenting districts to remain independent.

A version of this article appeared in the May 24, 2006 edition of Education Week


School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Get a Strong Start to the New School Year
Get insights and actions from Education Week journalists and expert guests on how to start the new school year on strong footing.
Reading & Literacy Webinar A Roadmap to Multisensory Early Literacy Instruction: Accelerate Growth for All Students 
How can you develop key literacy skills with a diverse range of learners? Explore best practices and tips to meet the needs of all students. 
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
College & Workforce Readiness Webinar
Supporting 21st Century Skills with a Whole-Child Focus
What skills do students need to succeed in the 21st century? Explore the latest strategies to best prepare students for college, career, and life.
Content provided by Panorama Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Funding The COVID School-Relief Funds You Might Not Know About, Explained
Governors got $7 billion to spend on COVID relief efforts for K-12 and higher education with broad discretion on how to use it.
6 min read
Illustration of a helping hand with dollar bill bridging economy gap during coronavirus pandemic, assisting business people to overcome financial difficulties.
Feodora Chiosea/iStock/Getty Images Plus
Education Funding Puerto Rico Schools to Use New Aid for Teacher Raises, Hurricane and COVID Recovery
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced $215 million in federal funds before the start of the new school year.
3 min read
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina during a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 28, 2022.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina during a trip to San Juan on July 28.
Carlos Rivera Giusti/GDA via AP Images
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Education Funding Quiz
Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About ESSER funding for Career and Technical Education Programs?
Answer 7 questions to assess your knowledge on ESSER funding for CTE programs.
Content provided by iCEV
Education Funding 3 Things in the Senate Climate-Change Bill That Could Affect K-12 Schools
The sweeping proposal includes funding opportunities for schools to operate electric buses and improve air quality in buildings.
3 min read
Image: San Carlos, CA, USA - 2019 : Yellow low emissions NGV school bus refuel cleanest burning alternative fuel at compressed natural gas CNG fueling station owned by PG&E
Michael V/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus