Gov. Bruce Rauner dropped into three schools in Central Illinois this week to encourage students to value their educations and explain the state’s efforts to ensure their access to great schools, according to a press release.
"Nothing is more important than you and your education," Rauner told the students, according to the release. "With education, you can do anything. You should have every opportunity in the world to reach your dreams."
Rauner highlighted the state’s new school funding formula, which is meant to provide a more equitable distribution of funding to school districts. The law also creates a scholarship program that will enable parents who meet certain income requirements to send their children to private schools.
Gov. Bruce Rauner | Courtesy of Illinois.gov
The bill also assists property owners by providing for a referendum on property taxes in districts that are funded above their adequacy targets.
"This school funding reform bill brings historic change that will help generations of Illinois children," Rauner said, according to the release. "We have taken a significant first step in transforming education in Illinois. I commend lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for working together to make sure every child across the state will have access to the best education."