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Lawmakers Tackle School Funding Inequity
Democratic Senator Andy Manar pushed through a bill this past spring to form the Senate Advisory Committee on Education Funding.
Today is the second hearing for the panel.
The focus was to hear testimony from the Illinois State Board of Education on the financial inequity between wealthy and poor school districts.
according to Manar, that inequity is worse in Illinois than any other state, and two thirds of Illinois districts are currently in deficit spending, which is a drastic change from just a few years ago.
The goal of this committee is to fix that via legislation.
"We have a long way to go to correct those inequities," says Manar, "and it's my hope that through our bipartisan effort in the Senate, that we'll have some substantitve legislation on deck this Spring to start to, maybe not address every single one of these issues, but at least move the ball forward in a small way."
The Illinois State Board of Education presented a rough draft report, on their study of the current education funding situation in the state.
The board of education will likely vote tomorrow to finalize their report.
The senate committee has set a deadline of February 1st to propose new legislation.
Manar tells us he thinks from this point forward, the panel will begin putting together the legislation.
The ISBE has a web page devoted to the process, including copies of their report. You can see it by clicking here.
Reporting in Springfield, Mike Brooks ABC News Channel 20.