Illinois school funding would increase in Democratic budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Funding for Illinois’ public schools would increase by roughly $240 million next year under a proposal Democrats are advancing in the Legislature. The measure passed the House by a 66-47 vote Wednesday. Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Chair Will Davis says the roughly $6.9 billion spending plan would pro-rate the general state aid funding used to offset the basic cost of educating students at 92 percent this year. Last year’s pro-ration level was 89 percent. Davis also says $60 million of the proposed funding would infuse low-income schools with extra cash. The education budget is part of nearly two dozen budget bills being advanced by Democrats. It’s part of an overall $36.3 billion spending plan which spends over $3 billion more than the state may take in.