The District 205 PTA Council
Welcome to the District 205 PTA Council Website!
The Elmhurst District 205 PTA Council is comprised of the Presidents from each of our local PTA's, plus York High School's PTSA.
The PTA Council provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information between all of our groups, we disseminate Illinois and National PTA updates, we sponsor an annual community forum with the District 205 Board of Education, we organize an annual open house of summer camps for children, and hold an annual fundraiser to raise funds for scholarships for York High School graduating Seniors.
Senate Bill 16 (SB16) significantly rewrites the Illinois school funding formula, stripping many school districts of a substantial portion of their general state aid while funneling that money to Chicago Public Schools and other property tax-poor school districts across Illinois. If SB16 passes, Elmhurst District 205 is estimated to lose $4.5 million annually in state funding under the current proposal.
SB16 is scheduled for a joint hearing in the House next . This hearing will likely reveal proposed amendments to the bill, which have been discussed in closed-door meetings hosted by House Speaker Mike Madigan over the past few months. There is no word on whether or not a vote will be called. However, Representative Barbara Wheeler recently stated that, "The fact that the hearing has been scheduled now rather than waiting until the new General Assembly is seated in January suggests that we may see movement of this bill during the lame duck session, when outgoing lawmakers are enticed to make unpopular votes."
As previously reported, not all proposed amendments to SB16 are favorable, such as the so-called "pension shift." House Speaker Madigan is an outspoken supporter of the pension shift, which reduces the state's obligation to fund public pensions and saddles local property taxpayers with the bill. What this would mean for you is significant property tax increases along with significant cuts impacting your children's classrooms. Illinois currently has a $100 billion public pension deficit, which ranks as worst-in-the-nation. Illinois also has the second-highest property taxes in the nation.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
The General Assembly is accepting public feedback regarding SB16, which you can submit via a "Witness Slip" following these steps:
1. (OPTIONAL) Create a citizen's General Assembly (ILGA) account. When completing your profile you may:
• enter "Taxpayer" and/or "Homeowner" under Firm/Business
• enter "Self" or "Family" under Representation
• enter "Taxpayer" and/or "Homeowner" under Title.
2. Create a Witness Slip stating your position as an "opponent" of SB16 (optional - log on using your ILGA account as created above). When filling out the form:
• under "Position" select "Opponent"
• under "Testimony" you can have your written comments supplied to all board members - this is optional.
- Make sure that your written testimony is clearly marked at the top of the page as "SB16 Testimony" and include your name and address.
- You may NOT email your written statement
- You may fax your written statement to 217-557-2165.
- You may mail your written statement to Illinois State House, Room 426, 401 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62706
3. Contact your State Senator and State Representative and tell them to vote NO on SB16. Look them up here.
by Carol Snyder, District 205 PTA Council Legislative Chair
Posted by: Melea Smith
PTA Council Scholarships
The District 205 PTA Council raises funds throughout the school year through several different fundraisers. The funds we raise are awarded to York High School graduating Seniors as scholarships.
Elmhurst Council of PTA's Scholarship is a one-year, non-renewable award, given to York Community High School (York) seniors. Awards are $750.00.
Applicant must be a high school senior graduating from York planning to enroll in an accredited college, university, community college, trade or technical school in the fall. There are 3 scholarship criteria Academic, Commended, and General.
Members of the Elmhurst Council of PTA Scholarship Committee will award scholarships based on the following criteria:
- Quality of the Student Statement
- Involvement in school activities and positions of leadership
- Participation in non-school activities
- Public services, hobbies, work experience
- Other interests
- Scholastic ability
Determination of the scholarship winners is made in mid-April. Recipients will receive an invitation to the York Scholarship Awards Night on Monday, April 22, 2013.
This scholarship will be payable upon receipt of proof of enrollment. Payment will be made directly to the educational institution.
GPA of 3.965 or higher
GPA of 3.964 - 3.3
GPA of 3.29 or lower