Few people who are paying attention to elementary and secondary education in Illinois would argue the current system of paying for it is a good one. State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill, pictured) has run through a resolution to get lawmakers talking, anyway. Manar points out that the current formula has been in place for a generation, when almost any economic or educational factor you can name was different from how it is now.
While the resolution passed unanimously, the debate gave lawmakers plenty of opportunity to speak. “The secret’s out now,” said State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine), noting a budget will be before lawmakers in the next week or two. “And not fixing this right now … understand, when the budget comes up, that you are voting to take money from your district and send it to Chicago.”
“There is nothing we do here that’s not related to something else. So, as we talk about pressures and the way we fund education, really, it’s about how we spend what we have wiser,” said State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields).