Natasha UshomirskySPRINGFIELD– Illinois schools face the worst spending gap in the nation, according to a recent nationwide study presented to a joint hearing of the House and Senate on Wednesday.

“This problem is clear. Illinois underfunds low-income, needy schools and we have the ability to end this outdated, unfair system. Everyone, everywhere benefits if children have access to the same opportunities to succeed,” State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said.

Read more: Joint task force meeting: Worst school funding equality in the nation

Category: School Funding Reform

Cullerton ManarGLENDALE HEIGHTS—State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) hosted a meeting with suburban superintendents and Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) to discuss school funding reform.

Cullerton invited Manar to talk about the impact Senate Bill 1 would have on rural and suburban school districts Wednesday.

“Senator Cullerton understands that the suburbs and downstate share the same concerns about our schools. He is an effective ambassador for both rural and suburban communities,” Manar said

Read more: Manar joins Cullerton for suburban school funding meeting

Category: School Funding Reform

032614cm0035SPRINGFIELD-The following statement was released by State Senator Andy Manar in response to the formation of Illinois House task force to study school funding:

Two years ago when we began conversations fair school funding, I knew that our the mission would take years of education and work to build a consensus for change. Since that time, there has been clear progress on bipartisan solutions for classrooms across this state. That progress can now be accelerated as leaders in the Illinois House outline specific actions that can be taken to close the funding gap for Illinois schools.

I applaud the leadership of Speaker Michael Madigan in creating a forum for continued discussion that leads to action. His action today confirms that he understands the importance of school funding equity just as clearly as he did when he supported Governor Jim Edgar’s sweeping reforms in 1996. I applaud his continued leadership and the engagement of the House of Representatives as we advance legislation this year.

Category: School Funding Reform

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.

Read more: Manar presents school funding reform to House committee

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