School Funding Bill Passes State Senate, Moves To Governor’s Desk

August 29, 2017
State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)

State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, center, rallies outside of a public school in Springfield for an earlier version of his education funding reform bill, meant to reduce inequities in state school funding. After Gov. Bruce Rauner used his amendatory veto on the bill, Manar became the chief sponsor of a compromise version, which has now passed both legislative chambers. .

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The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts. 

Senators voted 38-13 on Tuesday to approve the plan (SB1947) that passed the Illinois House on Monday. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he'll sign the bill quickly to get state money to more than 800 districts that have been waiting for funding for the new school year. 

Lawmakers have tried for decades to overhaul a school funding formula that's considered the least equitable in the U.S. 

The new plan provides more money to all school districts. It also provides $75 million for a tax credit for people who donated to private school scholarships. That drew criticism from teacher unions, some school officials and lawmakers. 

Story source: AP