- Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 04:02 PM
EDWARDSVILLE, IL – Newly elected State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) joined local educators from around the region Tuesday to discuss ways to improve education in the state.
Manar fielded questions and shared his ideas on what should be accomplished in the upcoming session of the General Assembly during the Illinois Education Association Region 5 dinner in Edwardsville. One of the major issues Manar has been focusing on is the disparity in school funding in Illinois and the different ways the issue can be addressed.
“Where you live shouldn’t determine how much is invested in your child’s education,” Manar said. “There are serious disparities in funding for schools throughout our state and the situation gets worse every year. We need to refocus our state on helping those whose needs for too long have been neglected.”
Manar said that some school districts in the suburbs of Chicago spend three or four times more per student than his home school district in Bunker Hill.
“We are a small district in Bunker Hill but we have teachers who work hard every day and make a difference in the lives of their students under difficult circumstances,” Manar said.
Lawmakers for decades have discussed major reform ideas to combat this problem. Manar said that the Legislature hasn’t made the issue as much of a priority as it should be.
Manar, who has his Illinois Teacher Certification, also discussed the need to recruit and retain quality teachers and personnel.