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Education

Berwyn schools push for funding reform

BERWYN – Berwyn school districts are pushing for school funding reform in Illinois as part of Funding Illinois' Future, a coalition of more than 200 school districts, school superintendents and community- and faith-based organizations.

In a release, the coalition commended the work of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission and its move to make the education funding system more equitable and adequate.

“All children in Illinois public schools should have access to a rigorous and high quality education. Our children are not entering our schools in nice neat classroom packages of 25. They are dynamic diverse learners with great promise," Berwyn North School District 98 Superintendent Carmen Ayala said in the release. “We know that equal is not equitable. Students should receive instruction, tools and supports based upon their educational needs. Some need more than others. School funding should provide for those needs. This will ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their potential.”

Funding Illinois’ Future believes new funding legislation must do the following, according to the release:

• Recognize individual student need

• Account for difference in local resources

• Close funding gaps in five years and keeps them closed

• Provide a stable and sustainable solution.

Mary Havis, superintendent of Berwyn South School District 100, said in the release that she is hopeful her district of 4,100 students will receive the funding necessary to provide students with 21st century learning opportunities.

"Student access to high-quality teaching and learning should not be dependent on where they live," she said in the release. "Every child in Illinois deserves to benefit from a school system that personalizes learning based on individual needs and prepares students for a successful future.”

For more information about Funding Illinois' Future, visit fundingilfuture.org.

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