Sauer says inequitable Illinois school funding has ended
Rep. Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) sees the reforms established in the state's new school funding formula as finally providing equal funding and an opportunity for schools to do what's best for their students, according to a press release.
“For too many years, Illinois’ students have been subjected to the most inequitable school funding model in the nation,” Sauer said in the statement. “Through embracing bipartisan compromise and utilizing extensive research, this evidence-based funding model establishes historic funding for all 852 school districts in Illinois to ensure all students receive a high quality education.”
Sauer praised Senate Bill 1947, which became law on Thursday, for creating a tax credit scholarship program that will be help parents who meet certain income criteria to send their children to private schools. The law also removes some mandates on school districts and provides for voter referendums on property taxes in some districts.
“Our local school officials will be empowered with greater flexibility to adjust state mandated curriculum to meet the needs of their community and parents will have greater determination over their child’s education through more equitable charter school funding,” Sauer said in the statement. “These changes, coupled with giving residents the direct ability to reduce their property taxes through referendum, will lead to a more effective and efficient education system.”