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Senator Andy Manar was a panelist at an Oct. 20 Citizens Club of Springfield discussion about the status of school funding reform in Illinois.

Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat who spearheaded legislative efforts to enact the Illinois' first school funding overhaul in more than 20 years, was joined by Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gill and Ball-Chatham Superintendent Douglas Wood.

Manar updated the audience on the status of implementing the new school funding law and offered a look back at the more than four-year effort to pass the major reform, reflecting that for him it became "very much an exercise in listening" to other people, including colleagues in the Legislature, to experts in education policy and to parents and taxpayers in communities statewide.

Manar said he intends to turn his attention next to the teacher shortage that is affecting communities throughout Illinois, a situation he described as a "full-fledged crisis."

Category: School Funding Reform

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