A bill to dramatically revamp school funding in Illinois has won the approval of a state Senate committee… but it’s uncertain when the measure will get a full Senate vote.
Senator Andy Manar’s bill would require that most education dollars be distributed on the basis of a school district’s financial need. Right now less than half of those dollars are distributed using that criteria.
Republicans contend the measure is just a way to siphon off money from rich districts and send it to Chicago. Manar says many poor Downstate districts will also benefit. But he doesn’t plan to call the bill for a full Senate vote until state officials complete their breakdown of how the money would be divided for each school district.