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Illinois State Superintendent Talks School Funding


The superintendent of Illinois schools says the state should re-do how it funds school districts.

Critics of the plan have said a new formula would create so-called “winner” and “loser” districts - meaning schools may lose or gain state money based on the income of the area.

Superintendent Tony Smith Friday addressed that criticism on WBEZ’s Morning Shift.

"Some of it is guided by this question of deserving-ness. Like how much we think certain kids or certain communities deserve our help. I think we are all in this together, and for the long-term best interest of Illinois, we need to redesign the funding system entirely I think to support the public system."

Governor Bruce Rauner said in a Chicago Tribune editorial that he wants to create a commission to establish a new formula for how Illinois funds schools.