Sen. HaineMembers of the Illinois Senate Downstate Caucus held a press conference on Tuesday in support of school funding reform legislation that is being introduced by State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill).

The measure, Senate Bill 231, provides that state funding for education would be distributed based on student need while ensuring that no district would receive less state money than it did in the 2015-16 school year.

This measure would bring a much needed increase in funding to schools throughout the Metro East.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), who is the chair of the Downstate Caucus, said he was happy to stand with his colleagues Tuesday to show how important school funding reform is needed throughout the downstate region.

“We have been fighting hard this session to ensure our universities remain open, but if our K-12 system isn’t receiving the resources it needs in order to make sure our children are prepared to go on to higher education, we have a problem,” Haine said. “Education is what pushes Illinois forward. We need an adequate funding formula to ensure kids have the basic knowledge and skill set to grow.”

Multiple members of the Senate Downstate Caucus attended Tuesday’s press conference in an effort to show a united front to support this legislation. School districts throughout Southern Illinois would fare well under the proposal.

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