Plan to reform Illinois school funding may emerge soon

Plan to reform Illinois school funding may emerge soon

A plan to change the Illinois school funding formula is starting to emerge, although specifics aren't being released yet.

The plan comes from the Education Funding Advisory Committee.  It's been meeting since August to try to come up with a way to make the formula more fair, in particular when it comes to funding differences between Chicago and downstate schools.

One member of the committee, Republican Senator from Bloomington Jason Barickman, said a report with recommendations was issued to committee members earlier this week.  The report is expected to be made public no later than Monday.
Barickman, without commenting on specifics, said he has some disagreements with the report, and he thinks more input is needed.

Barickman said no future meetings of the funding committee have been scheduled.  Although talks are expected to continue.

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