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Illinois School Funding Overhaul Continues Inching Along

Illinois School Funding Overhaul Continues Inching Along

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The attempt to re-do the way Illinois pays for elementary and secondary education inched forward in the Illinois Senate Thursday morning.

A bill by State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) to make more of the allocation to individual districts based on need passed a committee with only majority Democrats supporting it, though – awaiting numbers from the Illinois State Board of Education — Manar says the bill is not ready for a floor debate.

Repeating what he had said when the bill was introduced, Manar told senators his bill would not please everybody, though the current set-up, dating to 1997, pleases nobody.

Minority Republicans were upset at the amount of time allocated for debate. When some tried to make speeches upon casting their votes, the presiding senator, State Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), banged the gavel and told State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), “You can have your press conference later.”

S.B. 16 passed the Senate Executive Committee.

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