State Rep. Wallace co-sponsors bill to change education funding formula

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To encourage a fair system for funding education, State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is cosponsoring legislation that provides state public education allocations based on a school district’s ability to finance its own needs.

Our community desperately needs additional state assistance to ensure our children have the resources they need to build a better future,” Wallace said. “This new formula would better account for the disparity of needs between various communities in our state.”

Senate Bill 16 is a bipartisan piece of legislation that adjusts the formula for state education funding allocation. The new formula would support communities who are unable to fund their local education system internally at a higher rate to decrease inequalities of educational resources in public schools across the state.

I believe the quality of a student’s education should not be based upon where they live or how well off their neighbors are,” Wallace said. “S.B. 16 could bring up to an additional $18 million in desperately needed educational resources to our community and give our children access to the tools they deserve.”

For more about any state issue, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at (815) 987-7433.

Posted Nov. 20, 2014

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