- Published: Monday, July 14, 2014 12:57 PM
Event part of Manar’s Capitol on Your Corner program
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a discussion on education funding and other state issues on July 21 in Edinburg as part of his “Capitol on Your Corner” program.
The event is from 5:30 to 7:00 pm July 21 in the Edinburg Community Building at 105 W. Masonic Street.
Manar regularly hosts “Capitol on your Corner” events in communities across the 48th District to meet with constituents and answer questions about state government. But with the recent action in Springfield on Manar’s proposal to reform school funding, Manar anticipates the discussion at the event to focus on education.
“Illinois has the second-most inequitable school funding system in the nation. Our current funding system is doing a disservice to taxpayers, school districts and, most importantly, our children,” Manar said. “The funding system we are proposing will better address student needs, such as socio-economic background, language ability or special learning needs, while also accounting for a school district’s ability to raise funds locally.”
In early April, Manar introduced the School Funding Reform Act, a proposal to streamline the current hodgepodge of funding sources into one funding formula that would account for school districts’ funding needs. Today, only 44 percent of the state education spending is balanced against a local district’s ability to pay.
Keep an eye on www.SenatorAndyManar.com or subscribe to Senator Manar’s e-newsletter for more details. If you’re unable to attend a meeting, you can still share your thoughts with Senator Manar by visiting his website.