State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) issued the following statement after the Illinois State Board of Education announced the issuing of vouchers for the new tier funding from the evidence-based school funding model:
“I believe this marks the beginning of a new era for how we fund schools. The distribution of these funds is the result of the years of hard work from lawmakers and members of the education community toward creating an adequate and equitable system of distributing funds to schools.
“We still have much work to do. We need to get the Professional Review Panel, which is required by the new funding law, up and running so that we can study how effective the new formula is at meeting its goals. Lawmakers as a whole also need to remain committed to appropriating the necessary funding to make the new formula work.
“I also hope that the historic success we achieved with the new funding model will inspire all the members of the General Assembly to continue to work together in a bipartisan manner to accomplish great things for the people of our state.”