Details of Illinois senate republicans’ school funding plan were revealed this week.
One week after State Senator Jason Barickman held a press conference to announce his own school funding plan, he filed two amendments totaling 500 pages.
Barickman’s plan echoes many of the themes contained in a measure filed by his Democratic colleague Andy Manar, but eliminates the block grant for Chicago Public Schools.
His plan also offers school districts a choice about certain unfunded mandates. The two senators had previously tried to craft a bipartisan plan. Does this separate filing signal trouble? Diane Rutledge, director of the Large Unit District Association, representing more than half of all school children in Illinois, doesn’t think so.
“They’re not miles apart. All the same ingredients are in there. It’s just the detail. But they both care greatly, and that’s good for education to really have legislators that are passionate about this I think is a good thing.”
A similar plan with bipartisan support is moving through Illinois’ House of Representatives.