Illinois gives students a shot at their dreams, Pritchard says
Illinois now has a school funding measure that will help students reach their goals, Rep. Robert Pritchard (R-Hinckley) said at the bill-signing event with Gov. Bruce Rauner, according to a video published by the Illinois House GOP.
“The bill that we have passed here looks at the needs of each school district and the students that it has, rather than giving just a dollar amount per student across the state,” Pritchard said. “So naturally this is going to be a better funding model over time for the state to put more money into it.”
Pritchard noted that the funding model will provide more student support. The new formula, which was mandated by the state's new budget, assigns funding via an evidence-based model. The legislation also includes a tax credit scholarship program aimed at giving low-income students more opportunities to go to the school of their choice.
“It looks at how we can add the needs that students have, the counselors, the psychologists, the nurses, and really build an environment that will help that student learn and grow,” Pritchard said. “Every student has a goal in life, wants to be successful, but we need to put the resources that are necessary behind them.”