Lt. Gov. Simon wants committee to study school funding

2013-05-03T17:24:00Z 2013-05-04T00:25:44Z Lt. Gov. Simon wants committee to study school fundingThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 03, 2013 5:24 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is encouraging lawmakers to create a committee to study how Illinois funds education and recommend ways to improve it.

In a statement Thursday Simon says the General Assembly should pass a resolution sponsored by Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill. The resolution would create an Advisory Committee on Education Funding.

The committee would issue recommendations by Feb. 1 on how to make education funding more equitable.

Simon is a Democrat from Carbondale who as lieutenant governor has also served as the state's point person on education reform.

She says under the current funding system "students' learning opportunities are influenced by ZIP code, perpetuating a system of haves and have-nots."

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