Lightford: We have to continue working on education funding reform


SPRINGFIELD- Continuing the conversation on much-needed education funding reform, Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford sponsored a measure approved by the Senate today that merges two solutions for the way the state distributes education funds.


The measure, which passed 31-18-8, applies Senator Andy Manar’s Senate Bill 231 for next school year and introduces an evidence-based method beginning with the 2017-18 school year.


“For years, we’ve talked about the ineffectiveness of our current formula. This is a reform that invests in our most vulnerable children’s success,” Lightford said. “We need to put funds in the right place, ensuring that all children are being prepared for a bright future.”

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Lightford: It’s not too late to do what’s right for our kids

SPRINGFIELD – In response to legislation filed today restructuring the Illinois school funding formula, State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford (D – Maywood) released the following statement.


Fairness in our school funding formula has been a topic of legislative debate and revision for decades, yet education equality remains elusive. At some point, justice has to become more than a promise. It must become a reality for all kids.

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Money for Amtrak, job training passes Senate

SPRINGFIELD – Students and workers relying on public transportation and employment training are one step closer to having their needs met thanks to legislation that passed out of the Senate today.


The measure would give spending authority to the governor to allow him to honor his contract commitment to Amtrak, while also including funds for higher education, some critical social service programs and other programs and services not receiving funding from court orders or consent decrees.

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Senate Black Caucus votes to keep MAP program

Every year, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission helps more than 130,000 students throughout Illinois advance their career dreams by helping them pay for college. The Monetary Award Program (MAP) is designed to help eligible students who may not have enough money to pay for higher education go to college.


Today, the Senate Black Caucus unanimously voted in favor of providing these scholarships to ensure would continue their education:


Below are comments from members:

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