News

Superintendents Push for School Funding Change

Superintendents Push for School Funding Change

A handful of school superintendents are jumping on board a proposal to change the way the state distributes money to school districts.

They’re for S.B. 16, sponsored by State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), which adjusts the funding formula to take into account not only the level of poverty in a school district, but also the amount of taxable property wealth, or lack thereof.

“We don’t believe that children in this state should be penalized due to their ZIP code, and we believe that’s what’s been happening, and we believe that this bill and this formula will help fix that,” David Lett, the superintendent in Pana, said at a news conference in the Capitol with a dozen other superintendents.

The superintendents are also against proration, which is what happens because the state funds only 89 percent of the foundation level. The districts that rely the most on state aid end up hurting the most when state funding is short of the level recommended by the Education Funding Advisory Board; this bill also aims to fix that.

 

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

St. John’s Shifting Its Psychiatric Focus

saint john's

Psychiatric ward will focus on elderly patients

in Local

Classes Resume at North Mac Intermediate School Carbon Monoxide Free

carbon_monoxide

Classes resumed Thursday at North Mac Intermediate School, two days after a carbon monoxide leak sickened more than 140 students and adults.

in Election 2014, Local

Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls; Quickly Turns to Political Fodder

unemployment

Illinois unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent.

in Election 2014, Local

Libertarian Gov. Candidate to Stay on November Ballot

chad_grimm

A Sangamon County judge on Thursday rejected the Republican Party's attempt to have a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor struck from the Nov. 4 ballot.

in Election 2014, Local

Rauner: Ethics Problems Are Quinn’s, Not Mine

Bruce Rauner (R), Pat Quinn

Rauner's firm owned a company which settled fraud charges with Georgia