Parents and lawmakers demand action on education funding reform

No compromise on school funding has parents concerned (WRSP)

“It's time, it's time, it's time,” Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, said. “We can't keep waiting. We can't keep pushing it off to another generation."

Emotions running high Thursday as parents and lawmakers spoke out about education funding reform.

Lawmakers have yet to reach a compromise on a new school funding plan.

The Senate is still planning to move forward with an override of the governor's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1.

"I'm confident the votes exist to override the veto in the Senate," Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said.

Parents who are against the governor's amendatory veto say they're fed up with the politicking going on.

They say it's time for lawmakers to come together for the kids.

"The governor's veto of Senate Bill 1 is a slap in the face to downstate families,” said Sarah Beth Payne, a Ball-Chatham parent.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Illinois, said without his amendatory veto, Senate Bill 1 unfairly benefits Chicago Public Schools.

At a press conference on Wednesday, the governor reiterated his position, saying lawmakers

“The bill got hijacked at the last minute and bad policy got inserted into it,” Rauner said. “So that’s why I had to do an amendatory veto.”

The Senate will be in session Sunday to act on the amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1.

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