Months of hearings on education funding in Illinois have now produced a bill that would dramatically rearrange how money is distributed to school districts.
Democratic state senator Andy Manar’s bill would change most state funding to a formula based on a school district’s need. Right now many dollars are based on student population without regard to a district’s overall financial health.
Manar says the current system has produced a few very strong districts… and a lot that are barely staying afloat. He says that’s not good for the state as a whole, and says it’s in everyone’s interest to fix it… even if it means some districts get less state funding as a result.