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State

Lt. Gov. wants committee to study school funding

SPRINGFIELD – 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, 2014 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 the 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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