COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – To help local educators, parents and community members understand the impact of the state’s new education funding model, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, will host her next Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Glen Carbon Elementary School, located at 141 Birger Ave. in Glen Carbon.
“I wanted to take the opportunity to have a discussion about the bipartisan education funding plan, Senate Bill 1947, that was recently signed in to law. While not perfect, the plan ensures more funding for every single school in our community by adding over $1.6 million in additional state funding to the school districts I represent,” Stuart said. “In addition, the plan reduces the reliance on local property taxes, paving the way for real property tax relief.”
This event is free and open to the public, and Rep. Stuart encourages anyone with children in the school system, involved with the school districts or concerned about the future of local schools to attend. Stuart will give a brief legislative update on the evidence based school funding formula and other legislation under consideration in the legislature. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas for future legislation.
“As I travel around the 112th District visiting businesses and families, I find that everyone has unique concerns. I like to think of my Citizens’ Advisory Committees as targeted Town Hall meetings. This is my second meeting on the topic of education, and I hope to have even greater participation this time,” Stuart continued. “By narrowing the topic of discussion and meeting in small groups, constituents have an opportunity to talk in-depth about the issues that matter the most to their families. I look forward to discussing the pros and cons of the funding plan and hearing from the public about their concerns about K-12 education.”