school funding http://peoriapublicradio.org en The challenges of trying to change the state's school funding formula http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/challenges-trying-change-states-school-funding-formula <div>An Illinois state senator is hoping to change how state money is distributed to school districts. IPR'S&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony Arnold reports why it’s been such a controversial proposal.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic State Senator Andy </span>Manar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from Central Illinois is proposing an entirely new way for schools to qualify for state money.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says a new formula is needed to keep up with current realities.&nbsp;</span>Manar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he has one particular goal with his bill.</span></p></div><div> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:01:57 +0000 Tony Arnold 23733 at http://peoriapublicradio.org The challenges of trying to change the state's school funding formula Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-have-lot-work-do-legislative-session-wraps <p></p><div><div>There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. &nbsp;And as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports legislators have a lot of work ahead of them.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Typically, fighting over the budget carries into the waning hours of a legislative session.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Democrats, who have enough seats to pass a spending plan without any Republican votes, say they've already reached a deal.</span></div><div> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:46:54 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 6279 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up