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Senate GOP introduces rival school funding bill

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Senate Republicans are proposing an alternative education funding reform plan that they say is a more practical effort than a rival bill being pushed by Democrats.

The legislation is sponsored by GOP state Sen. Dale Righter of Mattoon. It would require promised general state aid funds to be sent to schools before grants for specialized programs could be doled out to districts.

General state aid funds are often prorated so state aid money can be spread around for specialized programs. Republicans say the practice puts poorer schools more dependent on general state aid at a disadvantage.

Democrats’ education funding legislation would change the entire school funding formula to factor in poverty levels.

The Republicans’ bill remains in committee.

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