Education funding legislation has been introduced in Springfield. The measure is sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington and is the result of framework advanced by the Governor’s bipartisan Education Funding Reform Commission. Barickman’s legislation establishes an evidence-based school funding formula that uses 27 different variables to set individual adequacy targets for each school district, based on the real costs of the districts, accepted best practices, and student demographics.
Barickman hopes to have a committee hearing on the legislation next week. Henderson-Mercer-Knox-and-Warren County Regional Superintendent of Schools Jodi Scott served on the Governor’s Education Funding Reform Commission.