Venice Community Unit School District #3, which governs Venice Elementary School, is anticipated to lose the highest percentage of state funds in the Metro East area.

Metro East area schools would be net losers of state funding under a bill that passed the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

Collectively, the area's 48 school districts would get approximately $14.4 million per year less from the state's school funding formula, a five percent decrease from their 2015 funding levels, according to an Illinois State Board of Education analysis obtained by the Metro East Sun.

One area state Senator - Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) - voted "yes." Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) and Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) voted “no” on Senate Bill 1. Sen. William R. Haine (D-Alton) and Sen. James Clayborne Jr. (D-Belleville) “did not vote.” Willam Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) voted “present.” The bill passed 35-18 with three Senators voting present. 

Venice Community Unit School District 3 (94% decrease), Roxana Community Unit School District 1 (84% decrease), Central School District 104 (83% decrease) and Pontiac-West Holliday School District 105 (80% decrease) would be the biggest losers if Senate Bill 1 is enacted into law.

East Alton-Wood River Community High School District 14 (15% increase), Granite City Community Unit School District 9 (11% increase), East Alton School District 13 (11% increase), and Dupo Community Unit School District 196 (10% increase) all stand to receive more state funding from the bill.

Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Manar includes a $385 million bailout of Chicago Public Schools, which face bankruptcy due to years of deficit spending.

The state funding cuts wouldn't take effect immediately. Manar's bill also includes a temporary "hold harmless" clause that would effectively delay them for two years.

The ISBE analysis was conducted last summer, after Manar unveiled his school funding proposal. It is the last known analysis of the bill.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vowed to veto the legislation should it reach his desk.

Senate Bill 1 promises a fairer distribution of state funding to local school districts. In the Metro East area, it takes from some and gives to others.

RankDistrict NameCountyCurrent State FundingChange% ChangeNew State Funding
1EAST ALTON-WOOD RIVER C H S D 14MADISON$1,087,768$161,05815%$1,248,826
2GRANITE CITY C U SCHOOL DIST 9MADISON$21,601,841$2,319,18811%$23,921,029
3EAST ALTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 13MADISON$2,987,238$319,82111%$3,307,059
4DUPO COMM UNIT SCH DISTRICT 196ST CLAIR$4,534,414$434,07710%$4,968,491
5MARISSA C U SCH DIST 40ST CLAIR$2,424,598$219,2189%$2,643,816
6BELLEVILLE SCHOOL DIST 118ST CLAIR$15,919,222$1,113,7047%$17,032,926
7CAHOKIA COMM UNIT SCH DIST 187ST CLAIR$26,945,380$1,834,2807%$28,779,660
8BELLE VALLEY SCHOOL DIST 119ST CLAIR$3,853,875$208,2565%$4,062,130
9WOOD RIVER-HARTFORD ELEM S D 15MADISON$1,645,757$89,5715%$1,735,328
10HIGH MOUNT SCHOOL DIST 116ST CLAIR$1,584,734$77,2695%$1,662,003
11COLLINSVILLE C U SCH DIST 10MADISON$19,325,761$622,9903%$19,948,751
12MADISON COMM UNIT SCH DIST 12MADISON$4,402,616$79,5492%$4,482,165
13EAST ST LOUIS SCHOOL DIST 189ST CLAIR$45,519,043$729,9922%$46,249,035
14ALTON COMM UNIT SCHOOL DIST 11MADISON$17,186,328$91,5131%$17,277,841
15SIGNAL HILL SCH DIST 181ST CLAIR$1,279,931-$6,177-1%$1,273,754
16BETHALTO C U SCHOOL DIST 8MADISON$9,025,350-$116,360-1%$8,908,991
17BROOKLYN UNIT DISTRICT 188ST CLAIR$804,623-$19,926-3%$784,697
18BELLEVILLE TWP HS DIST 201ST CLAIR$11,621,393-$341,663-3%$11,279,730
19HARMONY EMGE SCHOOL DIST 175ST CLAIR$1,638,549-$49,020-3%$1,589,529
20GRANT COMM CONS SCH DIST 110ST CLAIR$1,578,072-$97,386-6%$1,480,685
21LEBANON COMM UNIT SCH DIST 9ST CLAIR$1,577,923-$116,421-7%$1,461,503
22ST LIBORY CONS SCH DIST 30ST CLAIR$250,117-$18,407-7%$231,710
23JERSEY C U SCH DIST 100JERSEY$6,640,604-$550,815-8%$6,089,790
24SAFE SCH-MADISON ROEMADISON$211,386-$18,517-9%$192,869
25ALT SCH-MONROE/RANDOLPH ROEMONROE$477,766-$41,851-9%$435,915
26SAFE SCH-MONROE/RANDOLPH ROEMONROE$95,105-$8,331-9%$86,774
27SAFE SCH-ST CLAIR ROEST CLAIR$255,712-$22,400-9%$233,312
28MASCOUTAH C U DISTRICT 19ST CLAIR$12,549,345-$1,246,944-10%$11,302,401
29NEW ATHENS C U SCHOOL DIST 60ST CLAIR$1,048,000-$133,888-13%$914,111
30HIGHLAND COMM UNIT SCH DIST 5MADISON$6,707,987-$916,541-14%$5,791,446
31SHILOH VILLAGE SCHOOL DIST 85ST CLAIR$1,558,620-$219,585-14%$1,339,035
32WHITESIDE SCHOOL DIST 115ST CLAIR$2,992,036-$438,089-15%$2,553,947
33TRIAD COMM UNIT SCHOOL DIST 2MADISON$8,279,053-$1,712,309-21%$6,566,745
34O FALLON TWP HIGH SCH DIST 203ST CLAIR$5,332,786-$1,179,262-22%$4,153,524
35VALMEYER COMM UNIT SCH DIST 3MONROE$1,007,907-$222,318-22%$785,589
36O FALLON C C SCHOOL DIST 90ST CLAIR$6,816,256-$1,958,891-29%$4,857,364
37SMITHTON C C SCHOOL DIST 130ST CLAIR$933,994-$298,431-32%$635,563
38WATERLOO COMM UNIT SCH DIST 5MONROE$4,181,614-$1,598,338-38%$2,583,276
39FREEBURG C C SCHOOL DIST 70ST CLAIR$1,132,894-$442,395-39%$690,499
40COLUMBIA COMM UNIT SCH DIST 4MONROE$3,038,636-$1,255,803-41%$1,782,833
41FREEBURG COMM H S DIST 77ST CLAIR$844,098-$368,384-44%$475,714
42MILLSTADT C C  SCH DIST 160ST CLAIR$1,018,124-$494,337-49%$523,787
43WOLF BRANCH SCH DIST 113ST CLAIR$1,124,995-$577,809-51%$547,186
44EDWARDSVILLE C U SCHOOL DIST 7MADISON$8,134,808-$5,015,260-62%$3,119,548
45PONTIAC-W HOLLIDAY SCH DIST 105ST CLAIR$591,290-$471,485-80%$119,804
46CENTRAL SCHOOL DIST 104ST CLAIR$624,560-$520,826-83%$103,734
47ROXANA COMM UNIT SCHOOL DIST 1MADISON$2,013,078-$1,686,489-84%$326,590
48VENICE COMM UNIT SCHOOL DIST 3MADISON$572,372-$536,281-94%$36,091
Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Metro East Sun.

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