District 186 Backs State Funding Change

May 8, 2014

Credit WUIS

Springfield District 186 is endorsing a change in state funding that would benefit the district.  Area Senator Andy Manar, a Democrat, is pushing the idea to re-work how the state doles out money to schools.  Manar says it would provide more equity between wealthy and poor districts.

Springfield public schools would receive nearly 6 percent more under the change. A statement from District 186 says an increase in funding would allow teaching positions to be restored and technology upgrades. It also says it could help avoid future budget cuts.

Many downstate districts would benefit.

But not all.  A state analysis of the proposal shows Rochester and Chatham among the schools that would lose funding.  

While Illinois lawmakers have discussed the plan, few expect it will be approved before the spring session ends this month.