Senate overrides governor's veto on school funding bill

Wehrli argues school funding should fix problems, not pay for pet projects

Wehrli argues school funding should fix problems, not pay for pet projects

"I hope we can talk about relief from unfunded mandates for all schools, not just Chicago", McCarter said.

Starting Monday, the House will have 15 days to override Rauner's veto or the bill will die. Only 36 senators needed to vote yes.

Rauner used an amendatory veto to substantially change the legislation which devised an "evidence-based" funding model. Democrats have a 67 to 51 majority, and would need at least four Republicans to vote yes to override. As was stated earlier, the governor's amendatory veto makes the symptoms, the sickness that we have even worse.

The "evidence-based" funding model funnels money to those districts with the highest levels poverty, non-English speakers and more.

But, in light of Illinois' current financial status and the desire to have a solution that meets the needs of school children and their families in all parts of the state, we believe SB 1 is the best model to achieve that goal. "Where does it end?" he said in a statement. Many public school districts are scheduled to open this week or next week. But both Rauner and he say they're willing to compromise.

"Something has to happen in Springfield to assist our school children in IL". Rauner argues it is too generous to Chicago public schools.

A key to Manar's plan is the "hold harmless" stipulation, which ensures no less funding than past year.

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.

Rauner's amendatory veto removed hundreds of millions of dollars from what he calls a "bailout" for the nation's third-largest school system. He extolled the state education board's analysis of his changes, saying it was "great news" for children statewide.

"The Senate has a choice: send more money to the neediest school districts across the state or vote to send Chicago another bailout", Rauner told reporters in the state capitol.

"The numbers bear out how broken our system is and how important our changes are".

Democrats in the Legislature, which ended a two-year stalemate by approving a budget over Rauner's objections in July, included a provision in the budget about school funding.

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. Because neither the legislation nor any other evidence-based program has become law, the state can't cut any aid checks to schools.

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