State Senator Sam McCann of Carlinville is hoping a recent revalation about school funding levels in the state will spark a conversation about righting the ship. He says in 2012, the foundation level was funded at about 89%, and the governor's proposed budget for this coming fiscal year is at about 82%. The foundation funding is meant as a form of support for districts across the state.
McCann says the state is falling far short, and transportation is a big deal in Southern Illinois.
Generally, the foundation approach measures local property tax contribution effort versus a pre determined per-pupil expenditure, and requires the state to cover the balance. He says as recently as 2000 it was roughly 90% of education funding, whereas today it has fallen off to about 50%.