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Local school leaders gather to talk future of school funding

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MURPHYSBORO -- Parents and school leaders gathered from all over southern Illinois at McElvain school in Murphysboro to discuss school funding in the state.

School leaders with DuQuoin, Cobden, Carbondale, Shawnee, DeSoto, Eldorado, West Frankfort, and even Brent Clark with the Illinois Association of School Administrators, are concerned as financial resources in schools wither away before their eyes. 

"What happens when we run out? We don't know. We haven't missed a payment since the great depression," Clark said.

Herrin High School teacher Grace Taylor has pinned her hopes on the legislature overriding Governor Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1. 

Experts spent an hour breaking down the complex financial formula of Senate Bill 1 along with a few of the 102 changes the governor made.

If the state doesn't pass the bill, or override his veto, school funding goes back to square one further delaying payments to schools.

Clark said Murphysboro provides an example of the damage state leaders have done.

"We didn't pick Murphysboro by accident. The state representative is a wonderful person. Absolutely wonderful person under enormous pressure," he said.

Clark said the Town Hall for Senate Bill 1 in Murphysboro made for just one of six town halls the association hosted Thursday. The group aimed to hit areas needing the most support from district lawmakers.

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