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September 1, 2014, 6:28 pm
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Manar Introduces School Funding Revamp


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.

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