interview candid 2CHICAGO—State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement in support of Senate President John Cullerton’s speech detailing the necessity for need-based school funding reform Monday at the City Club of Chicago.

"Solving our school funding crisis isn't just a downstate problem or a Chicago problem or a suburban problem. The rampant inequity in our public schools affects every community in Illinois.

“I appreciate Senate President Cullerton’s strong call today for a statewide solution to this statewide challenge. The time has come for Governor Rauner and the General Assembly to take decisive action to end the least equitable system in America," Manar said.

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Poster 1 CopySPRINGFIELD – Faith Coalition for the Common Good leaders urged Governor Bruce Rauner to prioritize an equitable school funding formula in Illinois during a press conference Wednesday.

The representatives of the Faith Coalition and Gamaliel of Illinois asked the governor to change how education is funded in Illinois and support a weighted, need-based formula.

Read more: FCCG, Gamaliel of Illinois call for equitable school funding

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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.”

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North EllTAYLORVILLE – Illinois’ outdated, unfair system of school funding is forcing Taylorville public schools to consider laying off teachers and staff, consolidate schools and eliminate athletic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

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