Which local schools will be helped by Illinois' latest school-funding plan?
Illinois school-funding architect, state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, is promising a “hold harmless” provision in his latest proposal. The education funding formula would change but no district would lose funding immediately.
Manar said it is the “only plan that exists today that guarantees a level of funding for four years for every district in the state of Illinois.”
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But state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said the guarantee is a guarantee of fewer dollars.
“So whether it's a cut of $9.5 million today, or a cut of $9.5 million four years from now, the end result is the same,” Barickman said. “(There's) less money to school districts, which means fewer education services and higher property taxes.”
Manar said parents need to realize the status quo is harming their schools. But Barickman said that's because Democratic governors and lawmakers shorted schools for much of the past decade.