News

Manar’s Education Funding Bill Advances

Manar’s Education Funding Bill Advances

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

State lawmakers have advanced legislation that revises a proposal to overhaul the way Illinois schools receive funding.

State Sen. Andy Manar is sponsoring the measure. His proposed overhaul would require school districts to demonstrate need before receiving money. The current method factors in a district’s poverty for some types of state aid but not others.

The amendment limits the state funds given to the poorest schools. That would be done to ensure money is distributed to districts that have average amounts of poverty. It’s an attempt to gain bi-partisan support.

Republicans are still opposed. State Sen. Matt Murphy says it takes money from Chicago suburbs to solve problems.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

‘Downton Abbey’ to end after season six

This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS.

Producers confirm that the next season of "Downton Abbey" will be the last.

in Entertainment

‘Empire’ co-stars spark romance rumors

gracegealey

Are Trai Byers and Grace Gealey more than just coworkers?

in Entertainment

Idris Elba could be the next ‘Star Trek’ villain

idriselba

The in-demand actor is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the sci-fi franchise.