Illinois school funding would increase in Democratic budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Funding for Illinois’ public schools would increase by roughly $240 million next year under a proposal that Democrats are advancing in the Legislature.

Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Chair Will Davis says the roughly $6.9 billion spending plan would prorate the general state aid funding used to offset the basic cost of educating students at 92 percent this year. Last year’s proration level was 89 percent.

Davis also says that $60 million will be included in the plan to infuse low-income schools with extra cash.

The school budget is one of nearly two dozen budget bills being advanced by the Democrats that control both chambers. It’s part of an overall $36.3 billion spending plan which spends more than $3 billion more than the state plans to take in.