News

Manar’s Education Funding Bill Advances

Manar’s Education Funding Bill Advances

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

State lawmakers have advanced legislation that revises a proposal to overhaul the way Illinois schools receive funding.

State Sen. Andy Manar is sponsoring the measure. His proposed overhaul would require school districts to demonstrate need before receiving money. The current method factors in a district’s poverty for some types of state aid but not others.

The amendment limits the state funds given to the poorest schools. That would be done to ensure money is distributed to districts that have average amounts of poverty. It’s an attempt to gain bi-partisan support.

Republicans are still opposed. State Sen. Matt Murphy says it takes money from Chicago suburbs to solve problems.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Deal with 186 Teachers in Reach

school board headquarters

Springfield School District teachers have struck a tentative deal on a one-year contract

in Election 2014, Local

Slottag Seeks Ward 8 Seat; Theilen Alleges Political Meddling

Updated
municipalcenter

A familiar name is running for Springfield City Council.

in Election 2014, Local

Rauner: Quinn Needs Patronage

Bruce Rauner (R), Pat Quinn

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner wants everyone hired under patronage rules at the Illinois Department of Transportation, but given non-patronage, work to be fired.

in Local

Medical Examiner: Bel-Aire Owner Likely Died of Natural Causes

BEL-AIRE

The owner of Springfield's Bel-Aire motel likely died of natural causes.

in Local

Nearly 150 People Treated for Carbon Monoxide Exposure at North Mac Intermediate School

medical

Anywhere from 65 to 100 North Mac Middle School students were sent to Springfield hospitals Monday following a carbon monoxide leak.