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Superintendent's Update on SB16

Reported by on 10/28/14

Dear District 204 Community,

When we first shared with you the potential impact of Senate Bill 16, many of you said that you wanted more information. Thank you to the hundreds of community members who attended the eight informational meetings we held over the past few weeks. For those of you who were unable to attend, please see the resources section below for more information.

Since our last update, Senate Bill 16 continues to be discussed in school districts throughout the area. Additionally, the president and CEO of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce took a stand against SB16, saying that "SB16 in its current form, is a property tax increase for our residents and businesses." SB16 will be the topic of discussion at the Chamber's meeting in November.

Our Board of Education also passed a resolution in support of education funding reform at its October 14, 2014 meeting. In doing so, the board recognizes the need for education funding reform; however, it opposes SB16 as it is currently written. You can read the resolution at the link below.

Thank you to all our parents who contacted their representatives asking them to vote NO on SB16 as it is currently written. If you haven't contacted your representative, you can find contact information and suggested points to discuss under "What can you do?" at SB16 Information.

The bill is expected to be discussed in the House this fall and we will continue to monitor its progress and bring you updates as appropriate. I'll also be sharing information with parents during my ongoing school visits arranged through our PTA/PTSAs for my Listening Tour.

Karen Sullivan

SB16 Resources

SB16 Summary Handout
SB16 PowerPoint slides
SB16 Video presentation
Legislative Breakfast video
District update from Sept. 9, 2014

Board of Education's Resolution (pdf)

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