Sen. William R. HaineSPRINGFIELD – Metro East school districts will see an increase in state aid thanks to a school funding compromise that passed in the Illinois Senate today. Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) voted for the measure, which now goes to the governor for approval.

“For years, Illinois has had the least equitable school funding system in the nation,” Haine said. “Today’s vote in the Senate brings us one step closer to replacing a broken formula with one that would ensure all Metro East schools get the funding they need to provide a quality education to their students. I urge the governor to sign this historic overhaul of our school funding system.”

Senate Bill 1947 creates an evidence-based school funding model that accounts for factors such as number of students with disabilities, English language learners and low-income students when determining a school’s adequacy level and how much funding is needed to reach adequacy. Several local school districts are expected to see seven-figure bumps in funding under SB 1947.

The bill includes hold-harmless language, which guarantees that no schools would receive less money than they received in the past and provides extra support for the neediest school districts by offering them property tax relief.

Having passed both chambers with strong bipartisan support, Senate Bill 1947 now goes to the governor for approval.

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