Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed May 28, 2014
State senate approves public education funding change
"My district wins. My schools, almost uniformly ... would get more money than they do now. They absolutely would. ...For me, this issue is larger than the fourteen counties I represent. Because there are more kids who go to school than just the fourteen counties I represent."
But supporters of the legislation argue the schools that would receive less state funding are easily able to compensate for the loss with local property taxes. They say that's what poor schools have had to do for the last two decades, with far less valuable property to tax.