State Senator Andy Manar is pleasantly surprised with how big of an impact the new school funding reform bill is having on downstate schools in year one of its implementation. The final new state money numbers each local school district will receive was announced by the Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday.
Manar says the estimates for how much money downstate schools would receive tended to be lower, which is good for area school districts.
One mandate in the law requires this year’s state funding level to each school district to be the baseline of funds each district will receive next year as well. Manar says two area education leaders reiterated to him the importance of financial stability for school districts.
Manar says the funding formula may be set, but lawmakers must continue to protect the formula going forward.
Here are the final amounts of new money each Christian County school district will receive from the state this fiscal year: