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Cooking Up A New School Funding Plan

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Carter Staley
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

With multiple legislative proposals, a task force and a lawsuit all aimed at overhauling the way Illinois funds its schools, it’s hard to predict what might happen. But in this chat that aired on Tuesday, our Capitol Bureau reporter Brian Mackey makes me try.  

Click the link and listen to learn:  

  • How Rep. Will Davis’s plan has shocked long-time education advocates

  • How Davis’s plan (HB 2808) compares to Sen. Andy Manar’s plan (SB 1 FA 3)

  • Whether those plans would accomplish the goal of making the state’s funding formula more equitable

  • How the proposed formula is like a recipe

  • Why rich districts could be happy with a penny

  • Signs saying these new plans are dead

  • Signs saying these new plans still have hope

  • What it’s going to take to make any plan soup


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