Lawmakers calling for change to school funding

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State lawmakers say now is the time for a change to the state's school funding formula.

 

Lawmakers want to narrow the gap between rich and poor districts. The proposal would put almost all state education funding into one pot, then require districts to demonstrate need.

 

The current method, which has not been updated since the 1990's factors in a district's poverty for some types of state aid, but not other. It also treats Chicago school funding differently.

 

Backers say it's time to make changes, because further cuts to school funding are a real possibility.

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