SB 1 house hearingSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) testified before an Illinois House committee Tuesday, outlining details of his need-based school funding reform package, Senate Bill 1.

“It’s important to start this conversation early so representatives can educate themselves and their constituents about the need for better school funding. We had some marathon meetings in the Senate last year, but this was the first formal conversation we’ve had in the House,” Manar said.

Manar discussed the updates to last year’s proposal and answered questions from the House Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Committee.

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Category: School Funding Reform

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Southern Superintendents Bradley manarWHITTINGTON – State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) spoke to a group of Southern Illinois school superintendents about updates to a proposed school funding reform package Wednesday.

State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) and state Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton) hosted the event and also spoke about the proposal.

“We should begin and end every discussion in the state of Illinois with the statement that a child in Southern Illinois has as much need and potential as a child in another part of the state,” Bradley said. “I think Senator Manar understood that concern, and as a fellow downstate legislator, we will continue discussions until we fix this problem once and for all.”

Manar discussed Senate Bill 1, an updated version of last year's need-based reform package, Senate Bill 16.

"This plan was shaped by the input of superintendents from every part of this state. There is a clear need for a smarter, more effective way of funding schools," Manar said.

The proposal awaits debate in the Senate.

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Category: School Funding Reform

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