On Jan. 14, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) filed Senate Bill 1, which at this time contains only one section that provides, “This Act may be cited as the School Funding Reform Act of 2015.” At this time, it is a place holder for a revised version of Senate Bill 16, which is expected to follow.
Senate Bill 16, which was passed in the last legislative session, is now defunct. Under its provisions, School District 65 would have lost 85% of its state funding, or $6.5 million per year. School District 202 would have lost 81% of its funding, or $2.2 million per year.
School Districts 65 and 202 adopted a joint resolutions opposing Senate Bill 16. The RoundTable published a series of editorials opposing the bill.