Momentum building for an evidence based school funding formula. First year State Representative Tony McCombie of Savanna is supporting the cause. She held a joint press conference with superintendents from the northwest Illinois area on Thursday.
The approach is being pushed by State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington and is the result of the Governor’s Education Funding Task Force. The group completed its work earlier this year. McCombie says the evidence based system determines a funding target for each district, and then takes into account funding inadequacies. She says the state would then fund the difference between the targeted funding and the local capacity.