Illinois Senator Amends Education Funding Bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois state senator has revised an education funding reform proposal in the hopes of gaining more bipartisan support.

Andy Manar is a Democrat from Bunker Hill. His proposal would require state school districts to demonstrate need before receiving money.

The current method has been in effect since 1997. It factors in a district’s poverty for some types of state aid but not others.

Manar says he incorporated the thoughts of Republicans into the legislation. The amendment caps the amount of state funds given to the poorest schools. That would be done to ensure money is spread around to districts that have average amounts of poverty.

But Republican critics say they still want more details on how schools across the state would be impacted.

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