Supporters explain education funding bill

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A bill supporters hope will improve Illinois schools will soon be released for the governor to sign.

Tonight education advocates met at the New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford to explain the purpose of SB1.

The bill is a school funding model that hopes to provide Illinois schools with what supporters say is adequate, equitable, and sustainable funding. Rockford public schools Superintendent says school funding currently relies too much on zip code.

"Senate bill one would really dramatically change the way we structurally fund public education in the state of Illinois and that is really important and so I was happy to see so many people turn out tonight to be part of the local advocacy that's needed. We're very close to something really good for Rockford and the entire state," says Rockford Public Schools Superintendent, Ehren Jarrett.

Senate Bill 1 passed through the House and Senate on May 31st.