Governor Calls Special Session on School Funding

Governor Calls Special Session on School Funding

With no deal on education funding, on Monday Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced legislators are being called back to Springfield Wednesday for a special session focused on Senate Bill 1, the school funding reform bill.

Rauner did not go into detail about what his amendatory veto would look like, but he does plan to take out, what he calls a "poison pill", which puts millions of dollars into Chicago's pension system and instead, give more money to the neediest districts.

Governor Rauner wanted that senate bill delivered to his desk, which he plans to return with certain changes.

For tired IL taxpayers, it's just the latest flashpoint in an ongoing struggle between the first-term Republican executive and majority legislative Democrats. That includes a $250 million-a-year grant for the financially-troubled Chicago schools for programs funded separately in other districts and a requirement that the state pick up the annual, $215 million employer portion of Chicago teachers' pensions.

In that regard, Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, repeated his request Monday for a meeting with the governor and four legislative leaders before yet another special session, at a cost to the taxpayers of roughly $40,000 per day. "The Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Crain's, Springfield Paper endorse this bill", Emanuel said.

According to a data table published on Illinois.gov, the alternative plan to SB1 keeps the same evidence-based funding formula for different districts but redistributes some of the funding now directed toward CPS.

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One thing both sides agree on is schools need to and should open on time.

IL lawmakers are returning to Springfield this week, for another "special session". We slowed down the process in the Senate in order to let everyone blow off some steam, politically-speaking.

But Metro East school administrators say that getting the academic year rolling isn't the concern, but keeping it going is.

Rauner pledged to issue an amendatory veto of the measure.

Data also show schools in District 90 stand to receive an additional $1.11 million under the Rauner plan.

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