Governor Expected To Get Education Funding Plan, Issue Prompt Veto
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 01, 2017,
Aug 01, 2017, 22:48
Illinois lawmakers were returning to Springfield on Monday for a showdown on money for public schools, as the Illinois Senate prepares to send the governor education funding legislation he has vowed to rewrite. Lawmakers changed the formula during the 2017 regular session, but it's important to note that IL schools have gone without millions of dollars in state funding because of the two-year state budget impasse.
Many districts are concerned about how long schools can stay open without state money.
The state's first payment to schools is due August 10th, but most districts say they have a way to get through the first few months of the school year without state funding.
Those lawmakers met over the weekend and continued to talk behind closed doors Monday.
For weeks, Rauner has threatened to use his amendatory veto power to make changes to the bill and send it back to the legislature for another vote.
Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington learned of Senate Bill 1's arrival while speaking Monday with WJBC's Sam Wood. But he warned that Rauner's amendatory veto would jeopardize funding for all IL school districts.
"Working on trying to re-do the funding is just trying to make the school funding more equitable for the kids who live in poverty like my own", said Cahokia USD 187 Superintendent Art Ryan.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he'll send a bill that overhauls how Illinois doles out money to schools to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk on Monday. But he's repeatedly declined to specify what exactly he'll do.
Rauner called lawmakers to Springfield for a special session to resolve the school funding disagreement.
To override the Republican chief executive's veto, each house of the IL general assembly would need a three-fifths vote. If either side fails to vote on the veto, or the two chambers do not agree whether to override it, the legislation dies.
Funding remains an issue because the budget deal lawmakers approved stated that any money for K-12 education must be distributed through a new formula meant to reduce large disparities between districts.
Rauner is on record saying he supports more than 90 percent of the plan, but the sticking point is more than $200 million set aside to pay Chicago Public Schools' legacy pension costs.