Gov. Rauner: "Send me that education funding bill now"
MT. ZION, Ill. (WRSP) —
The state has yet to pass a new education funding formula.
It's something that's needed under the new budget for state monies to flow to the districts.
At a stop in Mount Zion Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner made it clear he wants the education funding reform bill that passed the legislature delivered to his desk, and he wants it now.
"Send me that education funding bill now, today," Rauner said.
Rauner called on Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) Monday to send him Senate Bill 1. Once it hits his desk, Rauner said he plans to issue in amendatory veto.
Right now, Illinois has one of the largest gaps of any state between funding distributed to its most affluent school district and it's poorest.
By switching to an "evidence-based" model lawmakers hope to narrow the gap.
Both Democrats and Republicans put forward evidence-based school funding bills.
The plans are similar, but Republicans claim the Democrats plan unfairly pushes extra money to Chicago Public Schools.
Rauner said he'll amend Senate Bill 1 to remove the funding for Chicago Public Schools' pension system.
"Every school district in this state does better, at least as well, when I amendatory veto the bill," Rauner said.
Springfield Public Schools would be looking at an extra $673,155.94 per year under Rauner's plan.
Mt. Zion Public Schools would see an extra $231,924.63 per year under Rauner's plan.
"We need the representatives and the senators to be able to work together and to be able to approve a plan that works for all the schools in the state," Mt. Zion Public Schools Superintendent Travis Roundcount said.
Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), the sponsor of Senate Bill 1, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Rauner Monday that said in part:
"Gov. Rauner has never contacted me directly regarding his alleged problems with Senate Bill 1. It is clear to me today that he intends to use the children of Illinois as leverage for his political agenda when he could be working out a compromise to accomplish a much-needed and long-awaited reform. I am saddened and discouraged by his display today."
John Patterson, a spokesman for Cullerton said Monday that there are ongoing discussions about when to send the education funding reform bill to the governor's desk.