april 7 3TAYLORVILLE – Over 75 residents from Taylorville and the surrounding area came to the Citizens for Education launch on Thursday night at Taylorville High School. Citizens for Education is a new coalition made up of local Christian county residents that support State Senator Andy Manar’s (D-Bunker Hill) plan to bring equity to the states school funding formula.

“Illinois has really ignored the grave disparity that people in Taylorville endure when it comes to education funding. This town hall signaled that they are fed up, and they are going to make their voices heard in Springfield,” Manar said. “In the grand scheme of things, advocacy and community engagement go a very long way, especially when you get a group that is this motivated to fight for change.”

Read more: Taylorville parents, teachers unite behind fair school funding

Category: School Funding Reform

bill rollout presserSPRINGFIELD- No Illinois schools would lose out on state money under a revised school funding reform plan introduced Tuesday by Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

The legislation, Senate Bill 231, provides that state funding for education would be distributed based on student need while ensuring that no district would receive less state money than it did in the 2015-16 school year.

“We’ve waited a generation to try to do this. We’ve been listening to Gov. Rauner, who says kids are our number one priority. We agree. That’s our priority, too,” Manar said. “As a result, under this proposal no school would lose any state money. This legislation allows him to keep his word and us to keep our commitment to bring funding fairness to public education.”

Read more: Manar: Time is now to change school funding

Category: School Funding Reform

FIFSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) took time to meet with local school officials who were protesting before the House’s education task force meeting on Tuesday afternoon. They led a silent protest to urge the legislature to fix Illinois’ broken education funding system.

“It’s very inspiring to see the passion and determination that our supporters demonstrate on a daily basis, especially those who are willing to make the trip to Springfield to stand in front of the legislators and make their opinion known,” Manar said. “We couldn’t have advanced the issue as far as we have without the dedication of people like them.”

Manar is leading the effort in the General Assembly replace the General State Aid formula and a web of complex, opaque grants with a single, need-based funding formula that improves accountability and transparency.

Category: School Funding Reform

Feb18presserSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says a fix to the state’s broken school funding formula needs to happen this year. The current formula forces schools in poor, rural districts to slash their budgets every year, while schools in wealthier districts sit on millions of dollars in reserves.

Manar is seeking to create a single school funding formula that would fund schools based on student need.

“We have the least equitable system for funding schools in the nation,” said Manar. “Therefore, no matter how much we invest, there will still be students in our state who are at a disadvantage.”

Read more: Without formula change, education funding continues to promote inequity

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