Event part of Manar’s Capitol on Your Corner program

Manar GirardrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a discussion on education funding and other state issues on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Taylorville as part of his “Capitol on Your Corner” program.

The event is from 6 to 7:30 pm, January 23 in the Taylorville Township Building at 1620 W. Spresser St.

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 General Assembly scheduled to convene at the end of January, Manar anticipates the discussion at the January 23 event to focus on issues that need to be addressed this spring.

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SPRINGFIELD – The Senate Education Funding Advisory Committee (EFAC), which has been tasked with reviewing the current public education funding distribution system, will meet Tuesday in Waterloo. The committee members will hear opening remarks from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Waterloo Superintendent, James Helton. Discussion on Illinois’ Funding Formula will then be led by Mike Griffin, Senior Policy Analyst for the Education Commission of the States and Illinois Superintendent of Schools, Chris Koch.

The committee’s hearing will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2013, at the Waterloo High School, 505 E. Bulldog Blvd, Waterloo. 

Manar led the effort in the spring legislative session to create the Senate Education Funding Advisory Committee (SR0431). The committee is tasked with reviewing the current public education funding distribution system and submitting recommendations for improvement and increased equity to the full General Assembly by Feb. 1, 2014.

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school-funding1One of the biggest issues facing our state, and an issue I have been working on since January, is our state’s inequitable system for funding public education.  Illinois’ current system is the second-most inequitable system in the nation.

In policy terms, this means our current funding formulas rely too heavily on property taxes. In real-world terms, this means we have vast funding disparities between high- and low-poverty school districts that only further disadvantage students in poorer communities, both urban and rural.

I started the process to address this issue last spring when I passed a measure to create the Senate Education Advisory Committee or EFAC. The committee has been tasked with reviewing the current public education funding distribution system and submitting recommendations for improvement and increased equity to the full General Assembly by Feb. 1, 2014.

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manar120313rSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois General Assembly passed major changes to the state’s pension systems earlier today despite the opposition from several central Illinois lawmakers including State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). Manar released the following statement regarding his opposition to the proposal crafted by legislative leaders.

“Our state's pension crisis has been three decades in the making.  The problem caused by past choices of governors and legislators of both parties is owned by all of us today.  Regardless, until we fix it as a State, we will continue to struggle to move our economy and our state's long-term viability forward. 

Today’s passage of Senate Bill 1 failed several critical tests in addressing the crisis.  Key parties were left out of the process, and the constitutionality of the measure is deeply suspect which will without question result in even more uncertainty and cost as this legislation is tied up in court.

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