Springfield….“The status quo is simply unacceptable.” That’s what State Rep. Terri Bryant
(R-Murphysboro) had to say on Monday following a House vote to change Illinois’ broken school funding formula. Indeed, Illinois ranks at the bottom of all states in regard to equity in the laws that govern how tax dollars are distributed to Illinois’ 852 school districts.
“I am proud to report that I voted Yes today for historic and positive changes to the way we fund public schools in Illinois,” Bryant said. “The bill I supported replaces a two-decades-old model with a compromise plan that implements an evidence-based model. The evidence-based model allows for reduced class sizes, full day kindergarten, teacher training, and special education services and adequate funding for impoverished schools.”
Bryant credited the sponsors of the legislation and the legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle and from both chambers of the General Assembly for compromising, negotiating, and stopping the threat of public school closings.
“I applaud the leaders and the rank-and-file legislators from both sides of the aisle for coming together to form a bipartisan compromise,” Bryant said. “SB 1947 as amended represents concessions from lawmakers from both parties and both legislative chambers. What’s more important though, is that the leaders and legislators have finally agreed to treat all 852 school districts fairly and provide historic funding levels for all Illinois school districts.”