Rep. Wheeler Signs on as Chief Co-Sponsor of Resolution to Create Bipartisan House School Funding Advisory Committee

In response to a push by some legislators to quickly pass a damaging school funding reallocation bill, Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) on Tuesday signed on as a Chief Co-Sponsor of a new piece of legislation that would slow the process and create a House Education Funding Advisory Committee.

House Resolution 1335 was introduced yesterday to a joint meeting of the House Elementary & Secondary Education and House Appropriations- Elementary & Secondary Education committees toward the end of a 5 1/2 –hour subject matter hearing into SB16. As written and approved by the IL Senate, SB16 would significantly re-write the school funding formula and strip millions away from McHenry, Lake and other Collar County school districts.

“The Senate spent a great deal of time studying the distribution methods for state funding for pre-K-12 education, and the House was not included in that committee’s work,” said Wheeler. “Due to the importance of the issue of equity and adequacy of education funding in Illinois, the House needs to also do its due diligence in studying the problems and seeking solutions.”

According to Wheeler, the committee would include four Democrats and four Republicans who would be appointed by House Speaker Mike Madigan and Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). The committee’s charge would be to conduct a thorough review of the existing school funding formula and make recommendations for reforms that would create a funding system that would be adequate, equitable and which prepares students for achievement and success after high school.

“The House of Representatives must stay engaged in this critical issue and not be swayed by those who wish to approve a bad bill,” Wheeler said. “We cannot allow a bad school funding formula to be replaced by a new, bad school funding formula. Our review needs to be comprehensive, and it needs to produce results that allow all school children to be successful.”

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