The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission tasked with making recommendations to the General Assembly by February 1st of 2017 on how to better fund Illinois schools has been making progress. State Representative Avery Bourne who sits on the Commission said the Commission has been focusing on why Illinois is so dependent on property taxes to fund the school system.
The Bipartisan Commission has been able to find areas of agreement with several areas of the school funding issue. Bourne said one of those areas of agreement is the idea that each school district cannot be funded with the exact same formula.
Bourne said she’s optimistic the state legislation will be able to adopt a better school funding formula in time for the next state budget, and that this is one area where many lawmakers agree that the students, teachers, and administrators in the state deserve better.