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Manar: If SB1124 was a final project, Barickman would earn an F

reportcardSPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement regarding the unveiling of a new school funding formula this morning:

“The spring legislative session ended more than three weeks ago. Senator Barickman missed the deadline,” Manar said. “If his latest proposal was a final project, he’d earn an F because not only did he turn it in late, he showed up looking for his teacher after everyone had gone home and the school doors were locked for the summer.”


Manar, the sponsor of Senate Bill 1, a school funding proposal that passed in both houses of the General Assembly on May 31, took exception with Barickman’s negative characterizations of Senate Bill 1, which has widespread support from school superintendents, educators, parents and school funding reform advocates throughout Illinois.

“Republicans have done nothing but fall all over themselves to spread misinformation about Senate Bill 1 since the moment it passed,” Manar said.

“For Senator Barickman to portray Democrats and Senate Bill 1, which passed in both chambers of the Legislature after months of careful deliberation and bipartisan negotiation, as somehow disingenuous, then to demand support for his extremely late proposal today, I am at a loss for further words.”

For accurate information about Senate Bill 1, visit fundingilfuture.org and senatorandymanar.com.


Read about Senate Bill 1 in the news and editorial pages:

Senate Bill 1 good for every district in Illinois | Crain’s Chicago Business

Purvis: Rauner likes 90% of school funding bill but will veto | The State Journal-Register

When you get 90%, declare victory | Chicago Sun-Times

School funding reform bill corrects longstanding wrongs toward students | The State Journal-Register

Charter schools chief urges Rauner to sign school funding reform bill | Chicago Sun-Times

How to rescue school funding reform: Honor the deal | Chicago Tribune

School funding reform bill an equitable solution | The State Journal-Register

Area educators support school funding reform bill | WSIL-TV

Will County schools would gain under new school funding formula | The Bugle

Forget the politics of school funding reform and focus on the kids | Chicago Tribune

Clearing up misconceptions about Senate Bill 1 | Rockford Register Star

In fight to reform funding, ‘school districts are pawns in a serious political game’ | Peoria Journal Star

A grand opportunity for ‘education governor’ of Illinois | Chicago Sun-Times

Funding reform is a victory for students | Daily Herald

Central Illinois school district funding can increase | Illinois Times