breeze pictureTAYLORVILLE — State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) toured the pre-kindergarten program at North Elementary School in Taylorville on Thursday.

Manar met with Superintendent Gregg Fuerstenau and Principal Brandi Bruley, visited with teachers and sat in on classes. The pre-K program serves 4-year-olds and helps develop foundational skills that will help in kindergarten.

“Today was a great chance to see effective early childhood education. The evidence is clear: the earlier children start school the greater chance of future success they’ll have, and it’s important that we invest in these students’ futures,” Manar said.

“We are pleased and honored to have Senator Manar visit. This is a great opportunity for him to see our preschool program. These 4-year-olds will be moving into kindergarten next year and it’s important that we fix the school funding formula for them,” Furstenau said.

The preschool receives state funding from an early childhood education grant. Both the grant for the preschool and the funding the rest of Taylorville public schools has continued despite the current state budget stalemate.

This spring session Manar reintroduced a school funding reform proposal that would send more money to schools based on local students’ need. Under that legislation, Senate Bill 1, Taylorville public schools could see an additional $1.07 million in annual state aid.

While SB 1 awaits debate and a vote in the Senate, this year’s state education budget set aside additional funding to assist financially distressed school districts. Under this new funding Taylorville schools receive an additional $53,000.

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