Manar, Senator Andrew

​Sen. Andy Manar discusses his early interest in improving equity in the distribution of funds for Illinois Public Schools. This interest was not only as a State Senator but as a parent and member of a County Board. Sen. Manar talks of the ups and downs in his efforts to create a more equitable state school funding formula over the course of nine years. He reviews in detail the legislative attempts, funding commissions, and listening town halls that eventually led to the landmark 2017 legislation, Senate Bill 1947, which established a new Evidence Based School Funding formula creating a more equitable funding model for Illinois's public schools.