Gov. Bruce Rauner wants Illinois Senate Democrats to send him the education funding bill so he can use his amendatory veto powers to recommend changes to the legislation the governor and other GOP lawmakers have characterized as a "bailout" for Chicago Public Schools.
The problem lies with the current debate over Senate Bill 1. Rauner said Cullerton was refusing to send him the funding formula bill to "create crisis and then force the pension bailout for the city of Chicago and put a new permanent structure in place that hurts our local schools every year going forward".
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.
In a profession where underhandedness is far too common, Matthew Besler is that rare politician you can trust, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) said in a press release praising the choice of Besler as chief strategic at Citizens for Rauner. He said the Mount Zion school district would receive an additional $230,000 on top of the $192,699 gain they'd receive under the bill as written.
A veto of the half billion dollar giveaway to Chicago schools will prove popular with downstate Republicans and suburbanites who have been trending more Democratic in recent elections.
If that issue is not resolved, school districts face the threat of being without the funds necessary to open in late August, a development that would bring parental wrath down on legislators.
IL gives governors constitutional authority to use an amendatory veto to make "specific recommendations for change".
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A clause in the bill says that the school can't spend federal aid unless it has been vetted by a new "evidence-based" formula, which the Democrats passed in May.
Chicago's students deserve adequately funded front-line classroom services and a school system that respects and engages engages families and neighborhood residents, built on best practices and a commitment to adequately fund a high-quality education for our youth.
"Gov. Rauner promised to overhaul the worst school-funding formula in the country to the benefit of all IL schoolchildren".
"We have a chance to make history and adopt a new school funding plan that, for the first time, ensures all school districts in IL are equitably and adequately funded", Rauner said in a statement.
The Democratic Governors Association accused Rauner of playing games with schools.
Rauner also hurled his own insults, charging that school superintendents who support the funding formula bill had been "intimidated" by Madigan and "live in fear" of the veteran speaker. "Unfortunately, he is more interested in spouting divisive soundbites than in solving the real problems that grip IL".