April 4, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon paid a visit to the John A. Logan College campus Friday touting the benefits of the newly proposed Senate legislation, SB 16, which addresses the inequity in funding for K-12 schools statewide.

“I think the real advantage of this bill is that it focuses on fairer distribution of state education funding,” Simon said. “What we’re shooting for is equity in education in Illinois – that you’re going to have an opportunity for a high-quality education whether you live in Cairo, inner-city Chicago or a suburb. The state is going to make sure that we are spending our resources as wisely as we can.”

Simon said the state is offering some financial incentives to high schools to offer dual-credit classes to their students.

“That’s explained in Senate Bill 16,” she said. “Again, it’s just a smart use of our state resources. We know that dual credit is something that really helps those who are academically ready for it and who don’t have the money to finance a college education. So, it’s a great investment of state funds.”

Simon said the legislation is a bi-partisan collaboration and she believes it will be passed.

“It’s been a long time in coming,” she said. “Now is the time for people to contact their legislators and urge them to support the measure.”

Simon added that the bill would specifically benefit those school districts that are “tapped out” financially.

“If your tax base doesn’t have a lot of fancy houses or industry, you already have less resources to start out with,” she said. “This bill will make sure that whether you live next to a big factory or small agricultural community, you will have a good opportunity for a quality education.”