New bill could change Illinois school funding

ROBINSON, Ill. (WTHI) – A new bill could affect the way Illinois schools are funded.

That bill is Illinois Senate Bill 16.

It could send around 90 percent of state dollars to school districts based on their community’s poverty level.

However, it’s a long way from becoming a law.

“They are probably going to hold all kinds of hearings during the summer and into the fall about it and about its impact and look at the numbers the state board of education has crunched, to see how each district will be impacted positively or negatively on it,” Robinson Superintendent Monte Newlin said.

Senate bill 16 did pass through the Illinois senate, but it currently sits in the Illinois House Rules Committee.

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