Illinois House members on Wednesday approved a follow-up bill to the school funding reform law that state officials said is necessary to ensure money is properly distributed under the new plan.
The House voted 76-31 to approve House Bill 5812. It now goes to the Senate.
Rep. Will Davis, D-Homewood, said the bill contains items the state Board of Education said were necessary to property implement the school funding reform plan approved last year. The new school aid formula directs the most state money to school districts most in need of state aid. The new formula only applies to increased money lawmakers set aside for K-12 education. As part of the funding reform compromise, no school district will get less money from the state than they currently receive.
So far, though, no additional money has been distributed using the new formula. State education officials said some errors in the original funding bill needed to be corrected before the new formula could be implemented. School officials have since said they will start distributing money under the new formula in April. Nonetheless, the state board said the clean-up bill is still necessary.
– Tribune News Service
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