News

Manar, Lawmakers Unveil Revised School Funding Formula

Manar, Lawmakers Unveil Revised School Funding Formula

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

A group of lawmakers has finished a proposal to revamp Illinois’ school funding formula. State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says while you might call some districts winners and some losers under his plan, everybody’s a loser the way it is now.

He says his plan would drive 92 percent, not the current 44 percent, of education money to districts through what he says is a fairer formula, replacing one he says lawmakers have not displayed the will to change in years.

Lawmakers cautioned reporters not to expect a panacea. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) suggested hopes for reform on mandates or improved test results amount to wanting all the decorations when the bill in question is simply a “Christmas tree.”

Another lawmaker at the rollout announcement – from which Republicans said they were excluded – said questions about matters other than the formula were just diversions. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) said she’s trying to canoe in one river only.

Manar says the problem hits home – his own kids have art class in what’s supposed to be a janitor’s room.

Recent Headlines

17 mins ago in Music

Roger Daltrey gets his own bubbly

Fresh
rogerdaltrey386399512082

The Who frontman is releasing his own brand of champagne.

4 hours ago in Entertainment

Dan Aykroyd adapting ‘Blues Brothers’ for animated series

danaykroyd391647313397

The animated project will also feature the band's original songs, as well as soul and blues classics, and new material recorded specially for the series, which Aykroyd will help to develop alongside "Saturday Night Live" writer Anne Beatts.

4 hours ago in Entertainment

‘Frozen’ fans want Queen Elsa to ‘come out’

21-overlay-2

Fans are urging movie executives to make the film's snow queen Elsa a lesbian in the sequel.