Rauner school funding change 'supports every single child,' Tracy contends
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1 helps guarantee that Illinois school districts with low-income and disadvantaged students are treated fairly, Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) maintains in a recent press release.
“To ensure every child receives a high-quality education, we need a school funding formula that supports every single child in Illinois,” Tracy said in the statement. “As it passed the General Assembly, Senate Bill 1 unfairly distributed additional funding to Chicago, at the expense of downstate students.”
Tracy said Rauner's veto removed block grant funding and pension payments for Chicago Public Schools from the education formula. Rauner also moved to contain costs going forward, changing the hold-harmless provision to a per-pupil hold-harmless mandate after 2021 and removing the minimum funding requirement, she said.
“I care about Chicago, but I also care about the millions of students all across the state not receiving the resources they need,” Tracy said in her statement. “We have clear changes from the Governor and clear instructions. Let’s get back to Springfield and uphold the Governor’s amendatory veto so every school starts the year fully funded.”