Members of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission met Sept. 7, as lawmakers and the Governor’s office attempt to get a handle on the challenges of changing the way schools are funded in Illinois. Defining equitability and what that means for Illinois students was the focus of the commission meeting. Members discussed the importance of creating a system of funding that takes into account the needs of students and providing them with the resources they need to achieve. Emphasis was placed on the need for additional funding to help low-income students, English learners and students with special needs, who require greater resources in order to bridge learning gaps and improve outcomes. The next meeting of the commission will take place on Sept. 21.