Chicago schools budget counts on uncertain funding

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to the Herald News Editorial Board on Wednesday Aug. 2 2017 about his decision to amendment veto Senate Bill 1

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to the Herald News Editorial Board on Wednesday Aug. 2 2017 about his decision to amendment veto Senate Bill 1

The Democratic-controlled legislature, which passed the funding formula bill in May without a veto-proof majority, is scheduled to meet next week.

The override needed 36 votes.

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.

However, Rauner maintained that CPS' net difference between the two plans is only $241 million when taking into account the state pick-up of the district's $221 million pension payment, though funding to do so has not been appropriated.

Earlier on Sunday, the governor called on lawmakers to uphold his veto saying in part, "The numbers show my plan is better for the state, making education funding fair and equitable for the first time in IL". 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.

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Local officials are reacting to the vote. It is time for IL to adopt a new school funding formula that fairly funds schools all across our state.

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.

Right now, the IL state Senate is back in session trying to make a decision on Senate Bill 1.

A fiscal 2018 budget unveiled on Friday by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) depends on almost $570 million in new money from the state and city that may not materialize or has not been identified.

If passed, the bill would provide funding for schools across the state.

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"There's no question that overriding Rauner's veto was the right thing to do".

As a result of the impasse, the state missed its August 10 deadline to make payments to K-12 schools for the first time in history on Thursday, according to Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. On to the House.

"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 Senate's vote today makes clear that, for many, the school funding debate is all about politics and power - when it should be about IL children's future".

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