A recent suggestion by the House Speaker that downstate and suburban schools get a “free lunch” for their teacher pensions on the backs of Chicago schools and students doesn’t match the financial facts, according to State Senator Sam McCann.  McCann says that in the past 12 years, the general state-aid funding formula for public education has dropped from 88% to 53% leaving other funding mechanisms such as poverty grants to pick up the funding slack.

He says these poverty grants benefit Chicago over Downstate schools.

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Senator McCann says the news conference was about setting the record straight on school funding - it's not about Downstate and the suburbs versus Chicago, because he says all schools face serious challenges such as pensions and overall funding that needs to be addressed by both parties in both legislative chambers.  

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