Republican Lawmakers Call for Increased Spending at K-12 Level


Springfield - For the better half of the past decade local school districts have seen yearly cuts to their funding from the state.

This year, Governor Bruce Rauner and Republicans are calling for full funding for the first time in recent years.
According to the Illinois State Board of Education that foundation level would be a little over $6,000 per student in the state.
Lawmakers say for too many years education was put on the back-burner, and schools are paying for it now, which is why they want full.

Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) said, "a hundred percent funding means for the existing formula the districts who need it the most are going to get more of the money the would see if proration continues."

"By not prorating those poorer districts will get more money," add Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont).

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