040114 CM 0304csSPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Bill Cunningham today voted against legislation that would cost local suburban schools nearly $22 million in state funding according to the Illinois State Board of Education’s projections. The proposal, which would create a windfall of funding for many poorer downstate schools, would also drastically slash state funding to suburban schools that are struggling to make ends meet with current levels of funding. 

“Our school system is in desperate need of education funding reform, but this is not the right proposal. I commend the sponsor for taking up this monumental task, but I simply cannot support a proposal that would cut state funding to school districts in the southwest suburbs by nearly 90 percent,” Cunningham said.

However, Cunningham continues to remain optimistic that substantive education reform will be a major topic of discussion in the General Assembly.

“While I can’t support this proposal, it is a positive first step in education funding reform. I look forward to continuing to work with legislators across the state to support more equitable education reform, along with a property tax relief package to take the burden of school funding off of local property owners,” said Cunningham.

The legislation, which passed today with a vote of 32-19, will be sent to the Illinois House of Representatives.

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BlueStarSPRINGFIELD – The Blue Star Family Platoon recently named State Sen. Bill Cunningham a Blue Star Honor Roll Legislator for his support of military families. Cunningham is co-sponsoring House Bill 5872, which would allow the state of Illinois to issue Blue Star Banner license plates to the direct families of active military members.   

For nearly 100 years, military families have proudly displayed Blue Stars at their homes in support of their family members fighting abroad. Cunningham hopes to give families the same ability to show their support on their vehicles.

“This legislation is a simple reminder that we need to continue to support our military families. Having a loved one fighting for our country thousands of miles away, while being a source of immense pride for these families, is also incredibly difficult. We must continue to stand up for them as a community during these tough times,” Cunningham said.

House Bill 5872 recently passed the Illinois House of Representatives by a vote of 105-3 and is currently in the Senate Committee on Assignments.  

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cunningham-042514-testing-hearingCHICAGO – State Sen. Bill Cunningham held a subject-matter only hearing in Chicago on Friday regarding Senate Bills 2156 and 3460. Both pieces of legislation have been brought forward with the intention of limiting the amount of standardized testing students must participate in within the Chicago Public School District.

Under the current standards, students participate in up to 38 hours of standardized state testing every school year which adds up to nearly an entire week dedicated to testing instead of learning. As a result, some students can fall behind - something Senator Cunningham doesn’t think is acceptable.

“As a parent and a legislator, I have heard from countless educators in our community about the excessive tests they are forced to administer every school year,” Cunningham said. “This is why I’ve decided to sponsor two pieces of legislation that could greatly reduce the amount of state standardized testing schools are required to conduct every year.”

Senate Bill 2156 would directly limit the number of standardized tests to four annually, two of which must be state assessments and the other two would be for teacher evaluations. In addition, Senate Bill 3460 would not allow for the administration of State-developed tests to kindergarten, first and second grades for any reason other than diagnostic purposes.

The hearing was held in Chicago at the Michael A. Bilandic building.

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