On Wednesday, April 2, a group of Senators introduced the School Funding Reform Act of 2014, a proposal to streamline the current hodgepodge of funding sources into one funding formula that will account for school districts’ funding needs.

Illinois has the second-most inequitable school funding system in the nation, and that funding system is doing a disservice to taxpayers, school districts and, most importantly, our children. The proposed funding system will better address student needs, such as socio-economic background, language ability or special learning needs, while also accounting for a school district’s ability to raise funds locally. You can read more about the bill by clicking here.

Click here or on the image above to add your name to the list of those who support taking this important step towards reforming our education funding.

Click on the video below to hear Senator Manar discuss the importance of education funding reform:

Click below to read more on Senator Manar's efforts to reform education funding in Illinois.

Information on Senator Manar's Education Funding Reform Efforts:

Manar's newly created Advisory Committee on Education Funding to hold first hearing (Aug. 15)

Illinois gets one step closer to comprehensive public education funding reform on Monday with the first official hearing of State Senator Andy Manar’s (D–Bunker Hill) Advisory Committee on Education Funding.

Manar's push for education funding reform advances (May 15)

On a 53-0 vote, the Senate passed Manar’s plan to initiate the first comprehensive review of public education funding distribution methods since the current formulas were implemented in 1998.

Manar invites community to voice support for education funding reform (April 22)

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.

Education Funding Reform In the News:

Senate panel approves education funding advisory committee (May 1) Quad - City Times

Manar pushes for education funding reform (April 30) Springfield Journal - Register

Our Opinion: Consider Manar's plan to help Springfield schools (March 4) Springfield Journal - Register

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