Senate Bill 1 Forum

The forum, hosted at Wheatlands Elementary School in Oswego, gave local residents the chance to hear about the new bill for the first time, and offer input.

The proposed legislation would contain some similarities to Senate Bill 16, which was killed in the last general assembly, but with added changes to accommodate concerns raised by area residents.

One such tweak would ensure that school districts would not lose more than $1000 per pupil by school year 2022.

Another change would adjust the way poverty levels are calculated, using the number of students receiving services from the Illinois Department of Human Services, rather than the number eligible for free and reduced lunch programs.

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