CPS Decries Rauner's Plan to Amendatory Veto School Funding Reform

18 July, 2017, 02:24 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Many schools throughout the state have raised concerns saying if a funding bill isn't passed, they won't be able to open their doors in the fall.

IL has ended a more-than-two-year impasse and approved a state budget, but with just a few weeks until the 2017-18 school year is to begin, funding for education is uncertain.

Chicago's school communities continue to confront unsafe funding shortfalls, an ongoing threat from Governor Rauner to "amendatorily" veto SB1 - and the refusal of Mayor Emanuel to address CPS' fiscal chaos with a short-term infusion of responsible city revenue streams instead of costly borrowing schemes.

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

"We stand ready to have that conversation", he said.

It is now being held on a procedural motion, as lawmakers seek more time to negotiate after Rauner vowed to veto the measure, decrying it as a "bailout" for CPS.

The proposed funding formula is an evidence-based model. Unlike all other IL public school districts, which participate in a state-subsidized teachers' retirement system, CPS has its own pension fund, which receives minimal funding from the state.

Principals of Chicago's schools will get their first look at the budgets for their schools on Thursday, and for the third year in a row, those spending plans will rely on hundreds of millions of dollars that Rauner has vowed to veto. And do you know how much more money Decatur teachers and students are going to get? He says removing a Chicago "bailout" would provide more money for other districts. $1.6 million per year.

The school finding plan, known as Senate Bill 1, is a historic measure.

"This is an opportunity to achieve a goal that has eluded governors of both parties for decades and do right by students across the state, not to exert leverage - and it's unfortunate the governor once again seems inclined to pursue the political path rather than the productive one", said Emanuel spokesman Matt McGrath. "Think about that", Rauner said. Meanwhile, CPS contended Rauner's intended action on the bill would exceed the veto power afforded governors under the Illinois Constitution. While CPS schools will open on time, there are others threatening not to open unless SB 1 is signed into law.

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