092914cm0431rSPRINGFIELD – Today, Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) applauded the action that members of the state House of Representatives have taken to advance the merits of Senate Bill 16, even as a small contingent advanced House Resolution 1276, which opposes the plan for fair funding of education across the state.

“The resolution denouncing Senate Bill 16 is as empty as the halls of hundreds of schools that have been closed due to the unwillingness of the General Assembly to reform an old and broken system,” said Sen. Manar.

“Platitudes that pay lip service to problems in our educational system without advancing clear solutions are a disservice to the reform process and the students waiting for true leadership on their behalf,” he continued.

Achieving an equitable funding formula has been the basis of the public discussion on Senate Bill 16 since Manar introduced the issue. He has been joined by a diverse group of lawmakers, school officials and advocates, the Funding IL Future coalition, working to change the way the state distributes $6.7 billion in aid to education.

You can find a list of coalition members here: http://www.fundingilfuture.org/.

With the help of this broad coalition, Senate Bill 16 passed the Senate in May of this year.

Last week, State Representatives Barbara Wheeler (R-Fox Lake), Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) and Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake), filed the resolution to “denounce” Senate Bill 16.

 
Unchanged since 1997, the current education funding system only distributes 44 cents for every $1 invested in education on the basis of district need.  Senate Bill 16 would change the funding formula to require the state to make 92 percent of public school funding need based.
 
One of the products of the statewide discussion about school funding is a sharper focus on the diverse needs and inequities of school districts in Illinois. The contrasts reveal a system divided by the haves and have-nots.
 
“Achieving an equitable funding formula should be the goal so that we can improve outcomes for all students, regardless of the student’s ZIP code,” Manar said. “I have demonstrated that I am willing to work with anyone who agrees to that principle of fundamental fairness. Those who don’t agree with that principle should stop pretending.”

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