Letter to the editor

CARLINVILLE (April 12, 2018) – For the past 20 years, the lack of fair state funding for education has stifled opportunity for our students downstate. Simply put, the system was putting rich Chicago suburbs first, and our kids last. SB1947 changed all that. Thanks to Senator Andy Manar, who worked for over five years to get this bill through the mess in Springfield, our kids are finally going to get the opportunity they deserve, too.

Thursday, the final funding announcements were made about how much each school district would receive as a result of the new, equitable school funding formula. Both my children graduated from Carlinville School District, and I’m happy to see that the district will be getting the money it deserves to help move our community forward.

The new formula is specifically designed to ensure the most state assistance is directed to school districts that need it most, like the Carlinville School District, which is set to receive over $350,000 in new funding.

Although this is a win for our schools and our children, we have to remember to hold our legislators and state accountable to fund this new formula every year. If we don’t, the children of our state will not have an adequately funded education. As parents and community members, we must ensure that we are doing everything we can so that our schools are getting the adequate resources to educate our kids. For now, though, we can celebrate the fact that for the first time in years, our students are going to get the kind of help they deserve from this state. Again, thank you Senator Manar for your courage and determination to see this through and your continuous fight for downstate children.

Brenda Harms,