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State Senator Andy Manar
48th Legislative District

Manar HeadshotrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) today launched an online petition where members of the community can add their name to a growing list of parents, teachers and concerned citizens calling for education funding reform in Illinois. The petition can be signed by visiting www.SenatorAndyManar.com/FundingReform

“By far, one of the biggest concerns I hear about from parents in central Illinois is concern over how we’re funding—or not funding—their children’s schools,” said Manar. “As a parent of three children in a small public school, I share that concern. It’s time we take a serious look at our current system and look for ways to improve.”

Manar has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 32 that begins the reform process by creating the General Assembly’s Advisory Committee on Education Funding. The committee's job will be to conduct a comprehensive review of the current K-12 education funding system in Illinois and make recommendations for a more fair and adequate funding distribution method by Feb 1, 2014. No such review of education funding has been conducted in over 10 years.

“We should be doing more to ensure that every child in Illinois has equal access to a quality public education,” said Manar. “The first step toward improvement is studying the problem, so I’d encourage all parents who share this sentiment to sign my online petition and voice their support for a thorough review of education funding in Illinois.”  

SJR 32 has the support of both Democrats and Republicans from all parts of the state.
Since 2009, Illinois has cut $861 million from the total K-12 education budget. In the current fiscal year, FY2013, the state only allocated 89 percent of the funds needed to meet the minimum required foundation level. What payments the state does make are unpredictable and often months late in coming, with the current backlog of bills owed to school districts exceeding $630 million.  

Manar hopes a strong show of support through the online petition will lead to the speedy passage of SJR 32.

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