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July 15, 2016

This week, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a new, bipartisan commission charged with, drum roll please, creating a new school funding formula. This being Illinois, much of the immediate response ranged from sarcastic -- as in "Be still my heart, the umpteenth kagillion state task force on education funding reform, that'll get it done" -- to cynical -- as in "Great, nothing stops progress like a bipartisan commission, a place where needed but politically controversial reforms are sent to die."

Given Illinois' track record on this issue, everyone who lives in the state and is over age 10 is entitled to entertain whatever cynical, sarcastic or otherwise snarky thoughts about this proposal as may pop into their minds.

And then they need to dismiss them, because this time there are compelling reasons to believe school funding reform is possible.

Source: Daily Herald