Illinois schools are facing unprecedented financial challenges. Local property tax revenues are down, while costs for seemingly everything continue to increase. Administrators, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois are constantly being asked to do more with less.
Our schools need all the help they can get to meet these challenges. However, you have probably heard that Illinois’ fiscal crisis has legislators considering new increases in costs for districts, and to educators for their retirement and health care plans.
You may not have heard about another increased cost to schools on the table in Springfield – the proposal to raise schools’ electric bills to subsidize an out-of-state corporation called Tenaska to build a coal plant in Taylorville, Illinois.
Tenaska’s coal plant would be so dirty and so expensive that private investors won’t support it. So to build it, Tenaska is asking state legislators to mandate schools and other large electricity customers to buy their overpriced power for 30 years.
Tenaska’s proposal is a new tax on schools at the worst possible time. Add your name to our Schools Against Tenaska sign-on letter to Illinois lawmakers. We welcome teachers, facilities managers, administrators, parents, students, and anyone doing their part for our kids’ education.