Illinois governor releases school funding breakdown - – Rockford’s News Leader

Illinois governor releases school funding breakdown


Gov. Bruce Rauner has released figures breaking down how much each Illinois school district would receive next year under his education funding plan.

The Illinois State Board of Education says the plan calls for increasing funding by $120 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The idea of the proposal is to fully fund the general state aid to schools instead of prorating it -- a practice followed for seven years. Board officials say districts that lose money under the plan have decreased enrollment and fewer students living in poverty. Officials say the schools also have increased local property wealth, which contributes to school accounts.
Numbers are not yet available for a rival plan by Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill. It would send more state money to less wealthy districts.

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