Letter to the editor
CARLINVILLE (April 19, 2018) – Just over five years ago, Senator Andy Manar met in Litchfield with a group of school superintendents from central Illinois to discuss the challenge of adequately funding education in rural Illinois. As a participant in that meeting, it was apparent to me that unlike many of his fellow state legislators, Senator Manar understood that in addition to an inadequate amount of funding, Illinois also needed to confront the inequitable funding model that existed for public education. Otherwise, school districts located in rural Illinois would continue to reduce the quality of services they provided children while the wealthier school districts located in suburban Chicago would continue to build new, modern campuses, which included state-of-the-art technology.
Fortunately, Senator Manar has worked tirelessly during the past five years to address both the inadequacy and inequity of school funding. Working in a bipartisan manner, Senator Manar has led the effort to prioritize funding for downstate school districts. In fact, this effort will result in a significant increase in funding for school districts in Macoupin County. Carlinville CUSD 1 alone will receive an additional $357,000 this fiscal year as a result of Senator Manar’s leadership.
While the state of Illinois has several priorities to address, the education of our children must remain one of our top priorities. Therefore, in November, Senator Manar will have my support as he continues his effort to support and protect the children of central Illinois.
Michael J. Kelly,