UKDW pic05 classroomSPRINGFIELD–State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) issued the following statement after Gov. Rauner signed House Bill 3763 into law, funding Illinois public schools. Because of a change in the funding formula, schools without access to vast local resources will receive additional state funding. Rockford School District will receive almost an additional $11 million, while Harlem School District will receive almost an additional $1.5 million.

“I applaud Governor Rauner for putting aside political gamesmanship to ensure that our children are able to go back to school this August. This legislation, which I co-sponsored on behalf of Rockford-area schools, will result in more than $12 million in additional funding for our school districts. These additional funds will help prevent potential teacher layoffs and school closings, and hopefully reduce the burden on property taxpayers.

“While there is still much work to be done, this shows bipartisan cooperation results in the best outcome for our state. Thanks to Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and a Republican governor, Rockford area schools are a clear winner.”