Debate continues over IL school funding formula bill

Debate continues over IL school funding formula bill

Debate continues over IL school funding formula bill

"What they've inserted into it is a pension bailout for Chicago that's going to cost hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars every year to the taxpayers of IL - money that could and should go to the school districts around the state of IL". The bi-partisan Senate bill 1 fixes what many say is a decades-old broken education funding system.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is now calling on the leaders in Springfield to release a bill that reforms public school funding in the state.

Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar says that could effectively kill the legislation, putting hundreds of districts at risk of shuttering schools. It would ensure that none of the state's 850 school districts receives less than aid that the previous year, and would provide money to districts based on local property wealth and distinct student-population needs.

Emanuel has said Chicago schools will open September 5 as scheduled - regardless of what Rauner does.

SB 1 which would change the way new school funding is distributed statewide to make Illinois' system (among the most regressive in the nation when it comes to serving low-income students) more equitable.

The governor says the Democrats' plan gives too much to Chicago at the expense of other districts.

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That "exceeds the power of the governor under the state constitution", officials added.

A spokesman for Cullerton said Monday that discussions are "ongoing" about when to send Rauner the bill. "Looking ahead, we will continue to urge the governor to sign Senate Bill 1, which will give school districts around the state the certainty they are demanding". IL schools rely on local property taxes to cover more than 60 percent of their costs today.

A veto would leave IL with no plan to allocate general state education aid.

Decatur School District Chief Operational Officer Todd Covault told the school board at a July meeting that they could make it until mid-November without state funds.

The legislation passed both the Illinois House and Senate, but without veto-proof majorities.

The two-hour tour, which leaves from CTU headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll Avenue in Chicago, at 10 AM on Thursday, July 20, will help to illustrate the consequences of unconscionable cuts to neighborhood schools while classroom dollars are diverted for massive TIF subsidies to wealthy developers.

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