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Barbara Flynn Currie
Illinois House speaker's panel meets to discuss school funds

With the state's dire budget situation serving as an impetus, a bipartisan panel of House members Wednesday took up work begun by Democrats last summer to replace Illinois' school funding formula. The task force, announced by Democratic House Speaker Michael J. Madigan last week, is reflective of one of the foremost emerging issues in Illinois' new period of divided government, one that's complicated by partisan and regional divides over how the state should allocate dollars to schools. "The twin goals are equity and adequacy," House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, who chairs the panel, said. One leading proposal from Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar...

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