With many schools beginning to seek alternative sources of funding rather than rely on state funding, many questions remain on how Illinois funds it’s schools. State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) sits on a school funding reform commission created by Governor Bruce Rauner, tasked with creating a better funding formula. Manar said in a conference call with the press Wednesday, that he’s proud the commission has tried to create a formula that better assists children from low income areas.
Manar stressed the importance of being able to better fund school districts in low income areas, but did warn that there are significant hurdles to overcome.
The bipartisan commission has recommended an increase of at least $3.5 Billion for school funding in Illinois.