State Rep. Peter Breen Reacts to Passage of Sweeping Reforms to School Funding Formula

After two failed attempts on Monday to approve a revised school funding formula, members of the House of Representatives ultimately approved legislation that ends the impasse over the issue and guarantees funding for the 2017-2018 school year. In response to the 73-34-3 vote on amended SB 1947, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has issued the following statement:

“With the passage of SB 1947, we end a school funding battle that has put school children in the line of political fire in Springfield. This bill offers every school-aged child the opportunity to succeed. We can now put this issue aside and focus our efforts on other pressing issues that affect our State.”

“This legislation represents that coveted middle ground where Representatives are getting what they need, but not necessarily everything they want. In particular for our schools in the 48th District, they will immediately see much-needed relief from costly unfunded Springfield mandates.”

“There are elements of this bill that I do not like. But as is the case with any negotiation, concessions from both sides brought us to a solution. This compromise ensures more funding for our local schools next year, along with additional administrative flexibility and the opportunity to seek property tax relief. But most importantly, this measure lifts the cloud of fear from kids, parents, and teachers whose schools were at risk of closing for lack of state funding.”

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