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“The money that will come out of these reforms will finally help provide a level playing field so our schools can start to excel.” - State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville)

BELLEVILLE – More than $10 million in new school funding will be coming to public schools in the 57th legislative district this year as last year’s education funding reforms begin to take effect.

The reforms were part of an effort to overhaul how the state funds public schools. Previously, poorer districts were left waiting for adequate funding behind richer districts with little need for state aid, but the new formula fixes that discrepancy by prioritizing the school districts that need it most.

State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) said the new funding from these reforms will help area schools invest in their students for generations to come.

“Our public schools cannot succeed without the resources necessary to do so,” Clayborne said. “The money that will come out of these reforms will finally help provide a level playing field so our schools can start to excel.”

The schools receiving the largest funding increases in the 57th district are Belleville Township High School District 201 at $2.42 million, Belleville School District 118 at $1.68 million and East St. Louis School District 189 at $1 million.

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