State Rep. Calls School Funding Plan A ‘Game-Changer,’ While Higher Education Continues To Struggle

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Today on WNIJ’s Friday Forum, we take on education in Illinois. State Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) is a member of the bipartisan, bicameral commission tasked with reforming school funding in Illinois. Their recent report set a goal of increasing state funding for education from 26% to 50%. Pritchard says they also came up with 27 factors to help identify, then close, funding gaps between the wealthiest and poorest districts. Pritchard says the gap between wealthier and poorer districts is so great, it’s affecting educational outcomes for students. The formation of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission was a “realization we need a different funding mechanism.” He says the biggest fear he heard from school leaders was losing money from state, so the commission started with a foundation level for each district. Then they “honed in on an evidence based model for funding education, using best practices to improve student learning.” By combining the basic funding level with the

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February 9, 2017 at 10:32PM

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State Rep. Calls School Funding Plan A ‘Game-Changer,’ While Higher Education Continues To Struggle

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