New funding formula helps downstate Illinois schools more

Friday, May 9, 2014

Downstate school districts would see an overall gain in state funding under a sweeping proposal to change how Illinois funds its public schools.

But, in what could pose a major political hurdle, a majority of school districts in the Chicago area would see fewer state dollars, according to a preliminary analysis of the proposal by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The state board's spreadsheet, first reported Wednesday by the Herald & Review Springfield Bureau, provides a first-ever glance of the effects of state Sen. Andy Manar's plan, which is designed to improve the way school funds are distributed.

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