State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)A local State senator says it’s time to change the way education is funded in Illinois.  Right now education is funded through property taxes but Andy Manar says that means kids in poor school districts start out behind compared to those in more upscale communities.

Click here for Manar's comments

Manar chaired an advisory committee, which has come up with a several suggestions on how to even the playing field for students across the state, regardless of where they live.  They’re suggesting that the state combines the school funding sources into one funding formula, then distribute it based on need in each district.  Manar will put the proposal into bill form and bring it up for debate this spring.  

(Copyright WBGZ / www.AltonDailyNews.com )