Sen. Joyce

KANKAKEE— State Senator Patrick Joyce announced that nine school districts across the Kankakee and Grundy County areas will receive over $2.8 million in additional funding to help address the financial challenges of recent years.

“Our children deserve the opportunity to be successful,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “Through this funding formula we are providing our schools with the tools to ensure students receive a quality education regardless of their ZIP code or financial background.”

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.

Local schools set to receive funding through the formula:

  • Kankakee School District 111: $1,309,024
  • Bourbonnais School District 53: $766,552
  • Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School District 307: $577,462
  • Bradley School District 61: $103,411
  • Iroquois-Kankakee ROE Alternative School: $89,924
  • Iroquois-Kankakee ROE Safe School: $23,185
  • Braceville School District 75: $13,204
  • South Wilmington Community Consolidated School District 74: $4,178
  • Herscher Community Unit School District 2: $1,365

The Fiscal Year 2024 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.