School Business Affairs September 2019 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | SEPTEMBER 2019 29 FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING T o “ensure every Illinois student receives a mean- ingful opportunity to learn irrespective of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or com- munity-income level,” Public Act 100-0465— Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act—was signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on August 31, 2017. The legislation has multiple aims: 1. To guarantee that every school has the resources to provide all students with a high-quality education and that all students receive the skills required to graduate from high school. 2. To eliminate the achievement gap between at-risk and non-at-risk students. 3. To ensure that the state satisfies its obligation to assume the primary responsibility to fund public education. 4. To relieve the disproportionate burden placed on local property taxes to fund schools. Evidence-Based Funding in Illinois— NowWhat? A review panel of education stakeholders, including school business officials, is helping make student funding more equitable in Illinois public schools. By Susan Harkin, SFO VECTORFUSIONART/STOCK.ADOBE.COM