SPRINGFIELD - "Equity" and "justice" are the popular terms used these days to describe socio-economic trends in taxation and distribution. Community and civil rights organizations are joining together to push for a revamp of Illinois school funding formula, a proposal Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar is shepherding through the legislature.
Manar's plan would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban districts. His bill passed out of the state Senate last spring. A group of top House Democrats have been studying the issue and plan to hold hearings on the bill in the fall, the Rockford Star reports.
Opponents said the bill unfairly penalizes some districts able to spend more money on students because of rich property tax bases.
The 100 group ad hoc coalition pushing Manar's plan is called "Funding Illinois' Future," and will be lobbying lawmakers to support the plan in the fall and spring.