Senate clears way for Illinois to proceed with delayed school funding model

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SPRINGFIELD – The state will be able to distribute eagerly awaited funding under Illinois’ new education formula as soon as April under legislation approved by the Senate – as long as the governor chooses to act quickly when it reaches his desk.

The measure, approved Wednesday, is a trailer bill to Illinois’ historic 550-page school funding reform law. It was requested by state education officials who said clarifications and corrections were needed to the original language before they could ensure money would be distributed as intended under the new funding model.

House Bill 5812 already has House approval. Once Gov. Bruce Rauner signs it, the Illinois State Board of Education can finalize its calculations and begin distributing funding to school districts under the new law.

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) urged the governor to act without delay. He also encouraged state education officials to remember that people all over Illinois are counting on them to move more quickly and more efficiently to implement the new formula.

“The new school funding law represents a massive change in policy for Illinois. We knew it would take some time to get it off the ground, and it’s important to make sure it’s done correctly as we go along,” said Manar, a driving force behind school funding reform in Illinois.

“However, it’s been more than six months since the new model became law. School superintendents are understandably frustrated. The longer this drags on, the more impatient people become and the less they trust Springfield.

“Let’s move forward so we can bridge the funding gaps we have in Illinois and help our least-funded school districts get the resources they desperately need.”

Sen. Andy Manar

Sen. Andy Manar

48th Senate District

Years served:2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations I; Appropriations II (Chairperson); Education; Executive Appointments (Vice-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Capital (AP) (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (ED); Labor; Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com..

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.

Associated Representatives:
Avery Bourne
Sue Scherer