State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) is one of twenty Illinois legislators appointed to the newly created Illinois School Funding Reform Commission announced Tuesday by Governor Bruce Rauner.
“Our current school funding system is in dire need of reform and I applaud Governor Rauner for his commitment to ensure adequate funding for every child,” said Sen. McConchie. “I am honored to be one of the legislators selected to confront the funding challenges facing our schools.”
|Sen. McConchie talks to a reporter following Governor Rauner’s press conference announcing the creation of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.|
Commission members will make recommendations to the General Assembly on reasonable reforms to the state’s current school funding formula. The Commission has been asked to complete its work by February 1, 2017.
The Commission is composed of 25 members; each legislative caucus was asked to designate five members to serve. Additionally, Secretary of Education Beth Purvis will serve as the chairperson of the Commission, which will be comprised of public officials and others with experience in or knowledgeable about education policies.
The five appointees selected by the Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) include:
· Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods)
· Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)
· Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville)
· Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-West Dundee)
· Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Peru)
“Revamping the school funding formula won’t be easy,” said McConchie. “Everyone has different ideas on how to go about it. But it is my hope that this Commission will serve as a bipartisan platform where we can work together to come up with a comprehensive plan that will help our children succeed.”