Illinois Senate overrides Rauner's school funding veto

Postado Agosto 14, 2017

"We encourage IL state representatives of both parties to listen to students, parents, teachers and school officials in their districts and vote to override Governor Rauner's veto of equitable school funding, as state senators of both parties just did".

Schools are set to start next week without knowing whether they will receive state money, or how much. A failure by the House and Senate to muster a required three-fifths majority vote to override or accept changes Rauner made to the bill would kill the measure.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of the state's K-12 funding bill offers a lesson for all politicians, Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) suggested recently. Decatur school leaders have said the district's reserves should hold out until mid-November, and the district leaders would consider borrowing money after that. Decatur, for instance, would receive $2.9 million more under his changes than under Senate Bill 1, according to an analysis from the Illinois State Board of Education that Rauner released Saturday afternoon.

Before the Senate took up the veto override, the plan's sponsor, Sen. Rauner issued an amendatory veto the next day, making changes that included removing hundreds of millions of dollars for Chicago Public Schools.

Rauner, a Republican, had issued an amendatory veto of a bill that overhauled IL school funding practices, deriding the measure as a "pension bailout" for Chicago. He said it reveals that "the vast majority of our neediest districts get millions" of dollars more. Rauner has called SB1 a "Chicago bail-out". It prohibited disbursing money unless it was done through a newly devised "evidence-based" model aimed at getting more money to the neediest school districts.

"The way the original bill treated Chicago was not beneficial to the district I represent", Wehrli said.

"Today, the governor still has the opportunity to show real leadership by engaging with lawmakers to reach a bipartisan compromise on this legislation", Manar said. The formula would then feed money to schools based on what each district needs to provide an "adequate" education. Last week was the first time since the comptroller's office was created in the 1970s that the state didn't send the money on time. It will be updated.