IL senate schedules rare Sunday session to address school funding

IL senate schedules rare Sunday session to address school funding

A failure by the Illinois House and Senate to muster a required three-fifths majority vote to override or accept changes Rauner made to the bill would kill the measure.

"You can only worry about what you can control", he added. It's created to determine funding levels for specific districts based in part on the number of students living in poverty, lacking English-language skills and other data-driven measurements.

Starting Monday, the House will have 15 days to override Rauner's veto or the bill will die.

SB 1 is a measure to move IL to an "evidence-based model" of education funding, which would take into account each district's individual needs, as well as its local revenue sources, when appropriating state aid - prioritizing districts that are furthest from being fully-funded. "We can't have that and we're not going to stand for it", said Aandy Manar, Illinois State Senator.

Data released by his office indicated his veto action would result in CPS receiving $463 million less than what it was allocated under the bill.

State Sens. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, and Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, voted no on the override. "Where does it end?" he said in a statement.

"The Senate moved our state one step closer to getting rid of the worst funding system in the nation", the Chicago Democrat said. "Make no mistake, any vote in supporting the override is a vote to bailout Chicago Public Schools' ineptness on the backs of our local school children, our local teachers, and our local property taxpayers".

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.

"I encourage senators to come up with alternative's, let's together find compromise", said Rauner.

Democrats are criticizing Rauner's goal of switching from per-district to per-pupil funding, arguing it would have dire consequences for city schools, many of which have been hard hit by dwindling enrollments. That includes a grant of $250 million for Chicago schools that lawmakers negotiated two decades ago.

"No real action. Our kids deserve better", said Governor Bruce Rauner. He extolled the state education board's analysis of his changes, saying it was "great news" for children statewide.

"What I can tell you is that any local solution will not come at the expense of the city's long-term financial stability", he said, adding that the mayor promises CPS students will have a full school year.

Without an evidence-based model in place, no state funding can be disbursed to K-12 schools across IL at all, due to a provision in the budget passed in July that makes aid contingent on an overhaul of the education funding formula, which now ranks among the least equitable in the country. Because neither the legislation nor any other evidence-based program has become law, the state can't cut any aid checks to schools.