Historic Education Funding Reform Bill Passes in House

Special Session convened today in Springfield where lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted on SB1947, a bill to reform education funding in Illinois. State Representative Bob Pritchard was a chief co-sponsor of the legislation, which sought to provide historic funding levels to all schools state-wide.

The current school funding formula, adopted in 1997, has been largely inadequate. Lawmakers have continually worked to find the best way to both adequately and equitably fund education in Illinois, and today the Illinois House took major steps forward. Representative Pritchard served at the forefront of education funding negotiations, and voiced his support of the compromised bill, one that he believes will move Illinois forward.

 

SB1947 ultimately passed the House of Representatives today, with 73 lawmakers voting in support of the measure.

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