Sosnowski wants legislators to get back to drawing board on school funding
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) says education spending reform should be as simple as A-B-C, according to his website.
"We already have an overly complicated funding formula that is near impossible to explain to the average Illinois resident," he posted. "The newly proposed evidenced-based formula, Senate Bill 1, makes our current formula look simple in comparison. We need to create a system that provides a per child allowance for students, more dollars designated for special educational needs and a pool to help poorer districts in the state."
Sosnowski argues that Senate Bill 1, the state's currently proposed funding bill, is the same as measures that have not achieved the desired results in Ohio, North Dakota, Arkansas and Wyoming. Sosnowski also contended that Illinois -- which he believes is in dire need of a new formula -- should work academic performance achievements into the system.
“Fixing our education funding formula to benefit students in every region of Illinois is important, and we must seek an alternative to the evidence-based model and one that is simple, fair, easy to understand, and gives control to our local communities,” Sosnowski posted.
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