- Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 06:57 PM
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar(D-Bunker Hill) to reform the school funding formula passed the Illinois Senate Tuesday.
The measure, Senate Bill 231, would bring a dramatic increase in funding to Southern Illinois schools. The formula in the legislation would mean 95.4 percent of students in State Senator Gary Forby’s (D – Benton) district would receive an increase in funding.
“Our schools in Southern Illinois have been shortchanged too long,” said Forby. “Now we’ve got a plan to address that. Our students deserve the same resources as any others. It’s time to stop playing politics with their lives.”
“K-12 education is a building block of our communities, and it cannot continue to be underfunded. When education fails our children, it creates a domino effect impacting jobs and the economy. Southern Illinois students deserve access to a quality education.”
Before the measure went to the floor Tuesday, multiple members of the Senate Downstate Caucus held a press conference to show a united front to support this legislation. School districts throughout Southern Illinois would fare well under the proposal.
Click below for audio of Forby's comments from the press conference.