Changes to state school funding bill officially filed

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois lawmaker says he has made changes to a proposed measure that would modify the way the state's schools receive money in the hopes of increasing its chances of passing.

Illinois Senator Andy Manar says changes to the legislation include a provision that would help offset the higher costs of living in some districts, which means wealthier districts would now lose less money under the new school funding formula.  However, estimates of how the legislation would impact districts haven't been released yet.  Manar says this measure reflects the "work of many months."

Manar originally introduced a similar measure last year, which would have given poorer school districts more funding at the expense of wealthier ones.  The legislation ended up passing the Senate, but lost momentum in the House, with Several lawmakers expressing concerns about the legislation.

Illinois has had the same school funding formula since 1997.
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