Illinois Senate Republicans Seek Support Of Education Funding Request

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SPRINGFIELD-----Senate Republicans are asking some Democrats to join them. They want Democrats who control the chamber to lend their support to Governor Bruce Rauner's call for full funding of elementary and secondary education.

Christine Radogno, the Senate GOP leader, spoke about the Republican governor's proposed increase in general state aid. She says the $55 million will meet the recommended per-student spending of about $6,000 a year.

Democrats say the formula used to pay for public education has needed changes for awhile, due to underfunding that has created wide disparities in available resources for schools in areas with robust property-tax revenues compared with those in poorer areas.

Republicans agree, but are seeking for upfront money. But Rauner and legislative Democrats have been at odds for nine months over a budget plan, and the state has no spending authority.

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