Sen. Faraci State LogoCHAMPAIGN – State Senator Paul Faraci announced that eight Champaign County school districts will receive over $3.3 million in additional funding to help students. 

“It is important that we fully fund our local schools in order to give students the best possible learning outcomes,” said Faraci (D-Champaign). “Everyone has the right to a high-quality education, and funding from the evidence-based model helps us reach that goal.”

The funding comes from the 2017 Illinois Senate Democrat-backed evidence-based funding formula — an overhaul of the way the state funds K-12 education. The law made school funding more equitable by calculating the needs of individual school districts and basing its state revenue on those needs. The formula takes into account a district’s total enrollment, poverty rate and number of special education or English language learners, among other factors.

Champaign County school districts set to receive funding through the formula include:

  • Alternative School (Champaign/Ford Regional Office of Education #9): $25,131
  • Champaign Unit School District 4: $165,701
  • Prairieview-Ogden School District 197: $3,652
  • Rantoul City School District 137: $905,100
  • Rantoul Township High School District 193: $769,566
  • Regional Safe School (Champaign/Ford Regional Office of Education #9): $47,357
  • Thomasboro School District 130: $14,376
  • Urbana School District 116: $1,279,074
  • University Laboratory High School: $183,328

The Fiscal Year 24 budget invested $350 million in new funding into students’ success through the evidence-based funding model.

For more information on the FY 24 evidence-based funding distribution, visit the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.