In an effort to fix Illinois’ outdated school funding formula, state Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, recently helped to pass legislation that changes the current method of education funding and brings more money to local schools, and is calling on the Governor to sign the measure into law.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – In an effort to fix Illinois’ outdated school funding formula, state Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, recently helped to pass legislation that changes the current method of education funding and brings more money to local schools, and is calling on the Governor to sign the measure into law.    “After decades of relying primarily on local property taxes to fund our schools, we have seen a significant difference in the quality of schools that are surrounded by wealthy neighborhoods and ones that are not,” said Halpin. “It is plain wrong that wealthy students receive a better education than those that are in need, and this bill goes a long way to ensure these inequities do not continue.”    Halpin helped pass Senate Bill 1, which makes data driven changes to the state’s school funding formula. The new formula takes into account various factors, including teacher to pupil ratio, technology costs, the number of low-income students, and English learners. Additionally, the legislation factors in the ability for local taxpayers to contribute to school districts. This means that more financial assistance and state money will go to districts with greater need. Local schools will receive $5,164,672 in additional funding. Halpin is calling on the governor to sign the bill, which he has stated he is considering vetoing.    “Not a single district in the state will lose money under the new formula, so I am urging Governor Rauner to do right by our schools and schools across the state and sign the bill,” Halpin said. “Schools in our community will receive millions more in desperately needed additional funding that will lead to reduced class sizes, improvements in technology and less reliance on property taxes.”