SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, is highlighting a bipartisan reform measure that modernizes Illinois’ decades-old unfair funding formula and provides steps to lower property taxes and allocate millions in more state money to her district schools.
“It was clear that we needed to do a better job of providing resources to our teachers and students,” Chapa LaVia said. “The education reform package I supported will increase opportunity, assist local taxpayers and ensure that every child receives the attention they deserve.”
Chapa LaVia’s Senate Bill 1947 changes the way Illinois funds its schools, by creating a fairer and equitable funding formula that eliminates winners and losers and ensures that no school loses money. Her reform measure provides more than $18 million in additional state funding to East Aurora Public School District 131 and West Aurora School District 129, which will relieve pressure off the districts’ reliance on local property taxes.
“This is a compromise plan that needed to be enacted as it offers exactly what parents and their children need, and it finally ends Illinois’ broken system that pitted students against one another,” Chapa LaVia said. “Passing on this reform would have maintained the status-quo that hindered some students’ ability to grow up to be the leaders of tomorrow, and that is unacceptable.”