The Illinois Network of Charter Schools applauds Governor Pritzker’s plan to fully fund the education formula in Illinois by allocating $375 million in additional funds, a $25 million increase over the statutorily targeted increase to the formula. For too many years, Illinois has lagged other states when it comes to state support for public education. We are pleased to see that the statutorily required increase is part of the governor’s first budget, with plans for an additional $25 million. Because of changes made to the funding formula in 2017, these funds will flow more equitably to districts where student need is the greatest. INCS is also encouraged with the governor’s plan to boost funding for special education, assist students in low-income families to pay for Advanced Placement testing, and increase funds for early childhood education programming. These commitments and others outlined in the state’s budget plan will benefit students across Illinois. We have real fiscal challenges as a state, but the one area that should never be shortchanged is education. These investments will go a long way toward strengthening schools across the state. INCS looks forward to working with Governor Pritzker in fostering education policies that advance student achievement and support an infrastructure bill that will adequately maintain school buildings across the state. Together, we can ensure that all children have access to quality education and the preparation needed to succeed in college, career, and life.