McAuliffe Supports Equal Funding School Bill

Springfield, IL … This afternoon the Illinois House of Representative passed Senate Bill 1947 which reforms the Illinois education funding plan. The legislation, which passed on a 73-34-3 vote, is a result of bipartisan negotiations that sought to fix the discrepancies in one of the most inequitable school funding formulas in the nation.

State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago), who voted in favor of the bill, released the following statement:

“Today the Illinois House took a stand in favor of an education funding plan that will increase the funding for all Illinois schools at historic levels. The fact that Illinois is home to one of the most unequal funding formulas in our country is disgraceful, so I am encouraged to see compromise in our chamber to ensure that none of our schools are left behind.”

“As a representative of a district that has a diverse collection of schools, including CPS, suburban and parochial, I was proud to vote in favor of Senate Bill 1947. Regardless of the type of education, this funding plan seeks to ensure that all students receive a quality education. This was a realistic, bipartisan compromise and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in providing an equitable education for all of our state’s students.”

Senate Bill 1947 passed the Illinois House of Representatives and now advances to the Senate for consideration. If passed by the Senate and signed into the law, the bill would become effective immediately.