Ideas for making Illinois school funding less of a “haves versus have-nots” story could surface in the next six months. Senators on an advisory committee on education funding have begun meeting. “The distribution of state dollars for the education of children should not be a political, partisan, or even regional issue,” said a co-chairman of the committee, State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville).
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“Because our public schools were funded largely by local property taxes, school districts across the state do not have equal local resources.” “The wealthiest district in the state still gets a poverty grant” because it has some low-income students, said Jason Hall of the Illinois State Board of Education. “I think one of the greatest improvements that can be considered is introducing equalization to the poverty grant.”