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Rep. Brad Halbrook calls for wiser approach to state K-12 funding

SHELBYVILLE (Heartland Newsfeed) — State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) recently called for K-12 funding to be more focused following a report on the alarming rapid growth of education in the past two decades.

State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) recently called for K-12 funding to be more focused following a report on the alarming rapid growth of education in the past two decades.

“We need money for schools but simply throwing money at our school districts isn’t the answer,” Halbrook said in a statement. “Most people understand that funding schools is a civic duty we all have. Even people who do not have kids enrolled in school understand that funding schools has to be a community-wide effort. But the money spent on education should be spent wisely.”

The before-mentioned report that spending has outpaced enrollment by 1200% since 1997. While Halbrook did not call for less spending, he argued that the money needs to go to helping students rather than administrator pensions and failing or redundant programs.

“We need to look at rolling back some of the burdensome state mandates on schools to reduce education costs,” Halbrook said. “We also need pension reform to ease the burden on taxpayers. The issue isn’t do we have enough money – it is what are we doing with the resources we have?”

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- Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed and general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks. He is an active contributor to the Nokomis Free Press-Progress in Nokomis, IL. He currently serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party, as deputy communications director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman and co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus. He has also been politically active since 2015, having run for city council, state representative, school board and is currently running for state senator for the 2018 election season.

Rep. Brad Halbrook calls for wiser approach to state K-12 funding