Vermilion County schools will receive $4.9 million more under a new plan being assembled in the Illinois Senate. State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) supports legislation to increase education funding for Vermilion County students and allow schools to open their doors on time this fall.

For example the following school districts would see the following increases in funding: Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118, $4,186,185; Georgetown-Ridge Farm Unit #4, $359,220; Westville Community Unit School District 2, $231,597; Oakwood CUSD #76, $119,607.

“Education funding is my top priority,” Bennett said. “It’s important that we all work together to pass a plan to give our children the best opportunity to succeed. This is a clean school funding plan to keep our schools open.” This proposal also fully funds agriculture education.

“It’s important for us to educate and train Illinois’ future farmers,” Bennett said. “Agribusiness is the backbone of Illinois’ economy. We need to continue to make investments in this essential industry.”

The Senate will convene on Wednesday at noon to take action on pending budget measures.

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