School Funding Debate Heats Up

Springfield -  Illinois school officials are speaking out in both support and opposition of a proposal overhauling the state's school funding formula for the first time since 1997.

Teachers and superintendents traveled to Springfield for a rally and House committee hearing Tuesday. The Senate had passed the bill that would infuse poor districts with more state funds at the expense of wealthier ones last spring. The school funding bill is sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar, (D) Bunker Hill.

Aviva Rosman is a former Chicago Public Schools teacher supporting the proposal. She says she saw firsthand that many poor Chicago students need more resources to improve.

But officials from schools in Chicago's suburbs say districts in the surrounding counties are unfairly penalized by the bill. Carpentersville Superintendent Fred Heid says his district performs well and shouldn't lose its revenue.

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