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Sandoval supports education funding formula update

sandoval sb231Yesterday, the Illinois Senate moved Senate Bill 231 to try and alleviate this problem, and Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) supports education funding reform.

“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," said Senate President John J. Cullerton. "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."

Senate Bill 231 is an education finance reform bill that will change the way 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.

“This is an important step to make sure low-income and minority students in my district get the education they deserve," said Senator Sandoval, an advocate on school construction, who has worked with Senator Manar for three years on this issue. Chicago Public Schools as well as Lyons, Summit, Argo Community, Berwyn, Cicero and Burbank schools look to benefit from the new formula.

"Too many districts are struggling under the current way we finance schools in Illinois," Senator Sandoval said. “On behalf of students in my communities and across Illinois, I commend Senator Manar for his leadership on this critical issue. It comes at a crucial time for working families.”

The bill passed the Illinois Senate and now heads to the Illinois House of Representatives.

Sen. Martin A. Sandoval

Majority Caucus Whip
11th District

Years served: 2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Higher Education; Licensed Activities; Transportation (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Capital (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Full-time state legislator, born in The Back of the Yards, graduate of Loyola University in Chicago where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in psychology; married (wife, Marina) has three children.

Associated Representatives:
Michael J. Madigan
Celina Villanueva