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Manar calls on State Board of Education to finalize school funding details

manar 031617State Senator Andy Manar is urging state education officials to submit a plan to disseminate the $350 million in additional state funding that was promised when a new school funding formula was signed into law Aug. 31.

During a hearing Tuesday, members of the Senate’s Education Committee discussed the nearly 20 changes that the Illinois State Board of Education has suggested should be made to the new school funding formula.

Although ISBE has made broad suggestions to the formula, the agency has yet to submit legislative language to be considered by the General Assembly this spring. Meanwhile, local school districts are beginning to work on their budgets for the upcoming school year and are operating largely in the dark about how much state money they should expect to receive.

“Without legislative language from ISBE that reflects their new suggestions, it’s unclear when – or even if – the additional $350 million set aside by the General Assembly will be delivered to the neediest school districts across the state,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat and a driving force behind the new school funding formula.

“These new dollars represent the belief that this plan will work and that the last several years of work by educators, parents and students finally culminated in fixing our broken formula. I strongly encourage ISBE to introduce its plan as quickly as possible to bring finality to our school funding debate.”

Sen. Andy Manar

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48th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Higher Education; Committee of the Whole; Executive Appointments (Vice-Chairperson); Education; Labor.

Biography: Born November 15, 1975, in Bunker Hill; B.A. in History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; past chairman of Macoupin County Board; married (wife, Trista), has three children.