Ideas for making Illinois school funding less of a â€śhaves versus have-notsâ€ť story could surface in the next six months. Senators on an advisory committee on education funding have begun meeting.
â€śThe distribution of state dollars for the education of children should not be a political, partisan, or even regional issue,â€ť said a co-chairman of the committee, State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville). â€śBecause our public schools were funded largely by local property taxes, school districts across the state do not have equal local resources.â€ť
â€śThe wealthiest district in the state still gets a poverty grantâ€ť because it has some low-income students, said ISBE member Jason Hall. â€śI think one of the greatest improvements that can be considered is introducing equalization to the poverty grant.”