Governor Rauner On Education Bill

Governor Rauner On Education Bill”

Rauner says he'll use his "amendatory veto" to remove a portion that funds pensions for Chicago teachers.

He wants them to send him a new bill that revamps the school's funding formula. The bill passed both the Senate and House with bipartisan support.

But in a statement Monday, CPS claims Rauner doesn't have the authority to carry out that amendatory veto under the state Constitution. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, used a procedural move to hold the bill without sending it to the governor. They must choose to anger either Madigan by not supporting SB 1 or their constituents by opposing a proposal that provides their school districts with more financial aid than provided in SB 1. SB 1 eliminates the Chicago block grant, which automatically appropriates specific funding to CPS each year, but takes that $203 million into account - plus the district's $221 million in employer pension contributions - when calculating the district's baseline funding minimum.

The bill establishes an evidence-based model that ties public school funding to "best practices" aimed at enhancing student achievement.

State Sen. Andy Manar, who sponsored Senate Bill 1 to change the method of funding for schools, told The Associated Press a veto by Rauner would effectively kill the legislation.

"They want extremely rational school superintendents. freaking out that they're not going to be able to open at all", he said.

Rauner was severely weakened by the veto override of his budget and tax bills.

"Governor Rauner promised to overhaul the worst school funding formula in the country", Manar said in a statement.

"That is so hurtful to me, so insulting to me", Rauner said after being accused of not caring about poor minority students in Chicago.

He asked both Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton to send him the legislation so that he could amend it as he sees fit. "I am saddened and discouraged by his display today".

Any protracted fight in Springfield over school funding would be devastating for local school districts, as the State Board of Education has said a funding plan must be approved by August 3 for normal payments to be sent to districts by the start of the fall semester.

While the battle that raged over the state's budget has finally been resolved, the question of funding for K-12 schools in IL continues to be a source of contention leaving area schools to consider not opening the school year on time.

At issue is the way the bill factors CPS' finances into what would become the new statewide funding formula. "Think about that", Rauner said.

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