Illinois schools would receive full General State Aid funding for the first time in seven years under legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview), with all districts guaranteed at least the same level of funding they received for the current school year.
“We have to act right now to make sure our schools can plan their budgets and open on time this fall,” said Sen. McCann. “This plan would fully fund General State Aid (GSA) for the first time in seven years while ensuring that no school loses.”
SB3434 would increase school funding by $227 million for the 2016-2017 school year. That total also includes a $75 million increase in early childhood education, as well as $10 million in funding for various programs identified with bipartisan legislative input, including $1.8 million for agriculture education.
Senator McCann has also voted “yes” to several other school funding bills this year, all of which would increase funding to K-12 schools.
“I don’t care if legislation is viewed as a Republican bill or a Democrat bill, we have to find something that we can all agree on,” said Sen. McCann. “Our children are too important to let our schools be held hostage by the ongoing budget impasse.”