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updated: 5/22/2014 5:17 PM

Illinois school funding bill tweaked to cap cuts

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  • State Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, speaks to lawmakers Thursday during a Senate Executive Committee hearing at the Capitol.

      State Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, speaks to lawmakers Thursday during a Senate Executive Committee hearing at the Capitol.
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SPRINGFIELD -- A state senator is again revising a proposal to change the state's school funding formula in hopes of gaining more bipartisan support.

Andy Manar is a Democrat from Bunker Hill. His proposal would require state school districts to demonstrate need before receiving money. That would reduce the amount of state aid that wealthier, suburban districts receive.

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The current method has been in place since 1997. It factors in a district's poverty for some types of state aid but not others.

Manar's most recent amendment would cap the loss of state funds under the new formula at $1,000 per student. It passed out of committee Thursday morning by a 9-3 vote.

Manar says the amendment acknowledges "severe challenges for an equitable way to distribute funding."

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