State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) is a chief co-sponsor of legislation that would end proration and fully fund K-12 education all while ensuring no school district loses money.
“Here is a solution that benefits both schools and students. It allows our schools to be able to plan for the future without having to worry about making major cuts to programs,” said Senator McConnaughay. “Let’s make it a priority and fully fund education, our children can’t wait any longer.”
The bill would stop deliberate underfunding, or “proration” previously implemented and would fully fund education for the first time in seven years.
“We owe it to our students and children to keep the promises we make. This is a bill that ensures kids are getting taken care of all while ending proration, which is placing enormous amounts of pressure on school districts all over the state,” McConnaughay said.
McConnaughay’s legislation also ensures every school district will not lose money next school year, compared to what they received during their 2015-2016 school year. This “hold harmless” provision helps school districts that will see a drop in enrollment by keeping their funding level.