News

Assignment: Fix School Funding Formula

Assignment: Fix School Funding Formula

A plan to change the way school districts get money from the state will get a vetting from members of the Illinois House over the summer.

The plan passed the Illinois Senate but didn’t get called for a vote in the House, which isn’t a problem for the sponsor, State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) (pictured).

“I think we should give the House the time that they need to go through the bill,” said Manar. “It’s a complicated piece of legislation.”

State Rep. Linda Chapa Lavia (D-Aurora), chairman of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, is good with the pace too. “I’d like us to spend the whole summer doing some more work on it because I don’t think it’s all the way done,” said Chapa Lavia.

The bill would shift Illinois’ current funding formula, where less than 50 percent of the money is awarded based on need, to one that is based almost exclusively on need. That would mean poorer school districts, in terms of property wealth and family income levels of the students, would get more money than they are now and wealthier school districts would get less.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

U.S. Attorney James Lewis: Racially Biased?

Fresh
courthouse

Questions have been raised about possible racial bias on behalf of U.S. Attorney James Lewis.

in Local

Cattle Rustling: 18-year-old Gets 180 Days In Jail

Fresh
gavel2

18-Year-Old gets 180 days in jail for taking part in cattle rustling.

in Local

Cuba Relations: Could Be Boon For Illinois Farmers

Fresh
farm

A relationship with Cuba could mean up to $7 million more a year for Illinois Farmers.

in Local

Prison Lockdown: Chicken Pox To Blame

Fresh
jail

Chicken Pox has locked down Illinois prisons.

in Local

Illinois Tollway Expects Spike in Holiday Traffic

IL Tollways

Free coffee will also be available at tollway oases.