Despite a lengthy and sometimes contentious debate, the Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to the way the state funds public education Tuesday.
The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, would require the state to distribute public education funding based on each school district’s level of financial need.
“The state has changed in 17 years,” Manar said. “The law that governs school funding has not. This (legislation) is a reasonable approach.”