Reick backs House's evidence-based school funding bill
Rep. Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) wants to change the fundamental way schools receive money from the Illinois government.
To that end, Reick recently signed on as co-sponsor of House Bill 4069, which calls for “sweeping changes to how school districts receive state aid,” according to a press release. The bill would change funding to an evidence-based model.
The measure is a counter to Senate Bill 1, another education bill passed in the Senate.
"I believe we are moving toward consensus on a new formula that helps all Illinois school districts rather than sending a disproportionate share of taxpayer dollars to CPS (Chicago Public Schools),” Reick said in the statement. “The funding reform bill that was approved in the Senate this year, SB 1, included many good provisions, but it also included a poison pill in the form of a massive financial bailout for Chicago schools."
Reick said schools in his 63rd House District would receive $2.7 million more in funding than what SB1 would provide.
“The bill is realistic, fair and it represents the best and most reasonable outcome for Illinois school children,” Reick said in the statement. “It is great compromise legislation that we can pass right now and get signed into law before the start of the upcoming school year.”
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