East Moline presserEAST MOLINE – Students in the East Moline School District come to class every day looking to succeed and advance their education. But state Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) believes the state’s school funding formula could be holding them back and desperately needs to be changed, he said Monday in East Moline.

“East Moline is just one of the many school districts across Illinois that have to rely heavily on state funding because the local funding isn’t enough,” Manar said. “As a result, proration and our broken school funding formula prevents the students from getting the funding they need.”

Manar, who is leading efforts in the General Assembly to modernize how the state funds schools, outlined what a new system should look like before a crowd at Hillcrest Elementary School. The guiding principle, he said, is that funding should target those schools serving high numbers of low-income students, students with special needs and other key education and cost factors.

East Moline SD #37 receives about 34 percent of its school funding from state sources, about 8 percent higher than the state average.

“Installing a new, more equitable, school funding formula will help us increase our student’s access to quality educational opportunities,” said East Moline School District Superintendent Kristin Humphries.  “We need a weighted, integrated formula that takes into account student need and local ability to pay.”


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