- Published: Monday, June 27, 2016 03:45 PM
VILLA PARK- DuPage County schools may see an increase in education funding for the fourth year in a row thanks to State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).
Cullerton is working on a plan to increase education funding and to allow DuPage County schools to open on time this fall.
“We have continued to increase education funding every year since I have been in the state senate,” Cullerton said. “As the father of three young boys, I understand what DuPage County parents are looking for.”
All of the schools in Cullerton’s district will see a major increase in funding.
“The only way to lower suburban property taxes is if we start funding schools properly,” Cullerton said.
Under this plan, Addison School District would see a $2.6 million increase and Villa Park School District 45 would receive an additional $939,825 in funding.
Cullerton did not support the Illinois Senate Democrats’ earlier plan, Senate Bill 231, which would pick winners and losers in schools across his district. He believes the legislature shouldn’t be in the business of taking money away from one school at the expense of another.
“I refuse to support a plan that would advance one school, at the expense of another,” Cullerton said. “It’s important to give all students an opportunity to succeed.”
The Senate will convene on Wednesday at noon to take action on pending budget measures.