Interview 3SPRINGFIELD— State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement in response to the Republican-introduced plan for the Illinois State Board of Education to take over Chicago Public Schools.

“The problems of poverty and inequality that are causing this crisis in Chicago are the same problems affecting districts all across the state. We need a statewide solution for a statewide problem, and we have a plan that will fundamentally fix school funding in Illinois, not just remove and replace one part of the larger problem.”

Category: School Funding Reform

North EllTAYLORVILLE – Illinois’ outdated, unfair system of school funding is forcing Taylorville public schools to consider laying off teachers and staff, consolidate schools and eliminate athletic programs. Taylorville Community Unit School District 3 is faced with the challenge of cutting $680,000 from its budget under a state system that defunds downstate school districts.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) and Taylorville CUSD 3 Superintendent Gregg Fuerstenau spoke out for the need at a press conference at North Elementary School on Tuesday.

“The state is failing Taylorville. The school board and the district are doing everything they can to make due with less and have been taking extremely difficult financial decisions for years. Regardless of these savings the schools are being strangled by a funding system that has no connection to the realities of teaching students,” Manar said.

“We have great teachers and staff and provide our students with the best resources that we can afford. But we can only do so much under Illinois' unfair school funding structure. Our students are in desperate need of a balanced funding structure that treats down state students fairly. A student’s zip code should not matter,” Fuerstenau said.

Read more: Taylorville schools, students suffering from unfair school spending

Category: School Funding Reform

Mississippi Valley Assoc of school buisness officialsCOLLINSVILLE – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) discussed progress on school funding reform and gave an update on Illinois’ ongoing budget crisis during a Mississippi Valley Association of School Business Officials meeting Friday.

“These officials know better than anyone the stark financial stresses facing Illinois schools and the impact those stresses have on students. They work every day to keep the lights on and pinch every penny,” Manar said.

MVASBO invited Manar to give an update on the state’s current budget impasse and discuss the ongoing efforts to reform Illinois school funding.

Christopher Norman, MVASBO Regional Chair and Director of Finance for the Alton School District, said that the organization appreciates Manar taking the time to meet with the organization and his efforts to address school funding in Illinois.

Read more: Manar discusses reforms and budget with area school officials

Category: School Funding Reform

breeze pictureTAYLORVILLE — State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) toured the pre-kindergarten program at North Elementary School in Taylorville on Thursday.

Manar met with Superintendent Gregg Fuerstenau and Principal Brandi Bruley, visited with teachers and sat in on classes. The pre-K program serves 4-year-olds and helps develop foundational skills that will help in kindergarten.

“Today was a great chance to see effective early childhood education. The evidence is clear: the earlier children start school the greater chance of future success they’ll have, and it’s important that we invest in these students’ futures,” Manar said.

“We are pleased and honored to have Senator Manar visit. This is a great opportunity for him to see our preschool program. These 4-year-olds will be moving into kindergarten next year and it’s important that we fix the school funding formula for them,” Furstenau said.

Read more: Manar visits North Elementary Preschool

Category: School Funding Reform

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