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No school would lose money under a new school funding plan filed in the Illinois Senate, but additional payments would range from a few cents to more than a thousand dollars per pupil.

Republican State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, released details of his new school funding plan Wednesday.

The spreadsheet posted on his website shows, for example, that suburban Hinsdale would gain $1.50  per child while East St. Louis (where 99 percent of students are low-income) would gain about $260 per pupil.

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Back when it was called Sangamon State University, the Springfield campus had a faculty union.

But since joining the University of Illinois system, professors have been without a bargaining unit. For more than a year, they’ve been trying to get an agreement that would retain the rights they had before.

Now, frustrated by the slow pace of talks, they’ve voted to authorize a strike.

Kristi Barnwell, a history professor, says negotiations have thus far been more about grievance procedures and tenure, than dollars and cents.

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Illinois lawmakers from both political parties seem to be gathering behind a new school funding plan called the "evidence-based model." Jason Barickman, a Republican from Bloomington, announced he plans to file his own version in the Senate.

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Seventeen school superintendents sued the state of Illinois Wednesday. They're asking Governor Bruce Rauner and the state board of education to come up with a funding formula that would help schools meet the state's learning standards.  

The superintendents say the lawsuit is their last resort given Illinois' notoriously inequitable funding formula and years of reduced state spending,

 

Governor Bruce Rauner's top education aide is defending his budget proposal for colleges and universities.

Secretary of Education Beth Purvis appeared before a House Committee last week.

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