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STAUNTON – State Senators Andy Manar and Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant visited students and staff at Staunton Community Unit School District 6 last week.

Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is chairman of the Senate Appropriations II Committee, a member of the Senate Education Committee and represents Staunton in the Senate.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is the new chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee. Her visit to Staunton May 7 was part of her statewide “Chalk Talk” tour of schools.

Manar and Bertino-Tarrant met with members of the District Improvement Team to discuss the teacher shortage faced by many schools in the area. The senators have sponsored measures to make college more affordable for new teachers, streamline the teacher licensure process and make it easier for retired teachers to fill in as substitutes.

“For far too long we have been using legislative Band-Aids as solutions to address the teacher shortage across Illinois. We need to get to the root of the problem to guarantee our children and teachers have the means to be successful,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Visits and discussions like these help me gain a better understanding of how decisions we make in Springfield impact children and educators throughout the state.”

Manar said he appreciates Bertino-Tarrant’s interest in visiting schools around the state.

“It’s important that the chair of the Senate Education Committee visits smaller towns and schools in Illinois. Having Senator Bertino-Tarrant here today is valuable because we live in a diverse state, and it’s important that schools in the 48th Senate District are heard in Springfield,” he said.

Manar and Bertino-Tarrant participated in a group discussion led by Staunton Superintendent Dan Cox to address the challenges facing Staunton schools, such as high class sizes, lack of social emotional supports for students and a lack of core interventions services.

“Senator Manar and Senator Bertino-Tarrant have long been champions for education,” Cox said. “By them taking the time to visit schools and listen to teachers in the field, it shows their commitment to working with us as partners to build great schools for our young people and our communities.”

Under the new school funding formula championed by Manar and Bertino-Tarrant last year, Staunton schools will receive an additional $400,000 in state funding.

“In my eighth year as superintendent of schools, this is the first time I have been able to have discussions about how to invest new resources into our schools instead of having discussions about which programs and services to cut,” Cox said.

Category: School Funding Reform

Christian County schools to receive $800K to bridge inequity

SPRINGFIELD – Pana public schools will receive nearly $428,000 in new money under Illinois’ education funding formula overhaul, an initiative driven largely by Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday issued vouchers to the state comptroller that clear the way for school districts around the state to begin receiving money under Illinois’ new evidence-based model of funding public schools.

The distribution – which is based on detailed enrollment figures, district-specific student learning needs, available local resources and other data – is the first step toward right-sizing state support for every school district. No schools will ever receive less state funding than they do today under the new plan.

“The data we have now reinforces what we already knew: that there is astonishing unfairness in how school districts around Illinois are funded,” Manar said.

“We have school districts with more than double the amount of resources it should take to educate their particular students, while other school districts have barely half of what they need. It’s been this way of years, and it’s going to come to an end.”

Two Christian County school districts – Pana CUSD 8 and South Fork CUSD 14 – were categorized as “Tier 1” schools, meaning they are among the most underfunded districts in the state. The other districts in the county were put in Tier 2 because they are considerably underfunded.

Manar credited the staff at the state board of education for their efforts working with school districts and lawmakers to pull together the necessary data and calculate the distribution amounts in April as promised. He called it a historic turning point for school districts, especially those in rural and downstate Illinois.

The distributions for Christian County are as follows:

Christian Co EBM final 650

Category: School Funding Reform

New formula confirms Decatur schools significantly underfunded

SPRINGFIELD – Decatur public schools will receive more than $2.3 million in new money under Illinois’ school funding formula overhaul, an initiative driven largely by Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday issued vouchers to the state comptroller that clear the way for school districts around the state to begin receiving money under Illinois’ new evidence-based model of funding public schools.

The distribution – which is based on detailed enrollment figures, district-specific student learning needs, available local resources and other data – is the first step toward right-sizing state support for every school district. No schools will ever receive less state funding than they do today under the new plan.

“The data we have now reinforces what we already knew: that there is astonishing unfairness in how school districts around Illinois are funded,” Manar said.

“We have school districts with more than double the amount of resources it should take to educate their particular students, while other school districts have barely half of what they need. It’s been this way of years, and it’s going to come to an end.”

Decatur CUSD 61 was categorized as “Tier 1,” meaning it is among the least adequately funded school districts in the state.

Using the evidence-based model criteria, ISBE set the district’s base funding minimum at $47.5 million and determined it should receive an additional $2,310,791.40 in new money in the first year of the new formula.

To learn more about distribution figures ISBE released today for school districts throughout Macon County and statewide, visit isbe.net/ebf2018.

Manar credited the staff at the state board of education for their efforts working with school districts and lawmakers to pull together the necessary data and calculate the distribution amounts in April as promised. He called it a historic turning point for school districts.

Category: School Funding Reform

Montgomery County schools to receive $700K to bridge inequity

SPRINGFIELD – Litchfield public schools will receive more than $326,000 in new money under Illinois’ education funding formula overhaul, an initiative driven largely by Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday issued vouchers to the state comptroller that clear the way for school districts around the state to begin receiving money under Illinois’ new evidence-based model of funding public schools.

The distribution – which is based on detailed enrollment figures, district-specific student learning needs, available local resources and other data – is the first step toward right-sizing state support for every school district. No schools will ever receive less state funding than they do today under the new plan.

“The data we have now reinforces what we already knew: that there is astonishing unfairness in how school districts around Illinois are funded,” Manar said.

“We have school districts with more than double the amount of resources it should take to educate their particular students, while other school districts have barely half of what they need. It’s been this way of years, and it’s going to come to an end.”

Three out of the four public school districts in Montgomery County were categorized as “Tier 1” schools, meaning they are among the most underfunded districts in the state. One district, Panhandle CUSD 2, was put in Tier 2 because it is considerably underfunded.

Manar credited the staff at the state board of education for their efforts working with school districts and lawmakers to pull together the necessary data and calculate the distribution amounts in April as promised. He called it a historic turning point for school districts, especially those in rural and downstate Illinois.

The distributions for Montgomery County schools are as follows:

Mont Co EBM Final 650

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