- Published: Thursday, May 12, 2016 04:24 PM
Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero) after debate of SB231 in the Senate Chamber. SB231 is an education finance reform bill that will change the way that Illinois schools are funded. The new formula replaces the current method by taking into account characteristics of each school district, including low-income pupil count, number of English learners, and special education students.
Senator Sandoval, a proven advocate on school construction, who has worked with Senator Manar for three years on this issue,” said “this is an important step to make sure that low-income and minority students in my district get the education that they deserve." Chicago Public Schools as well as Lyons, Summit, Argo Community, Berwyn, Cicero and Burbank schools look to benefit from the new formula.
“For too many children in too many communities, their paths to excellence are blocked by the existing school finance system that shortchanges their schools and fails to provide needed resources. It’s an injustice we’ve tolerated too long. Our students, parents, teachers and taxpayers are tired of the bickering, tired of the impasse. They’re looking for leaders with the courage to step beyond the status quo and do what’s right.” Said Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill). Today the Illinois Senate moved SB231 to try and alleviate this problem.
"Too many districts are struggling under the current way we finance schools in Illinois. “On behalf of students in my communities and across Illinois Senator Manar’s leadership on this critical issue comes at a crucial time for working families.”
The bill passed the Illinois Senate and now heads to the Illinois House of Representatives.