Could Override of Education Funding Veto Be Unconstitutional? Lawmakers Say Maybe

Illinois comptroller directs $429M grant to schools

The legislation proposes an evidence based funding formula for Illinois schools.

Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the school funding bill SB1 because he says it's too generous to Chicago schools and it wouldn't allow flexible funding in the future.

McCombie said there are parts of the governor's rewrite that she finds unacceptable for her district. They can advance a proposal creating scholarships for low- and middle-income kids to attend school outside their district boundaries.

"No, we can order no supplies".

The scholarship fund would be allowed to collect a maximum of $100 million annually. Opening up the supply closet, the shelves sit empty.

TIF districts may need to be addressed, he said, "but just doing a knee-jerk reaction, blowing something up and then figuring where the pieces fall is not what a governor ought to be doing". The House returns Wednesday.

One element of a proposed compromise that could attract the votes of reluctant Republican lawmakers is the scholarship program. "We just passed a $5 billion tax hike". Scott Bennett, D-Champaign, Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin and League of Women Voters Champaign County President Holly Wilper were also on hand. "The final lap begins on Sunday in the state Senate". Superintendent Chris Grode says it's never been this bad. They are worried they won't get the next payment either. "One way or another we're going to get this done. August, September, I lose that $800,000 revenue, it's tough to make payroll", said Grode. "Are you concerned about schools not opening on time?"

The CPS share broken down looks like this: $221 million would go to current CPS pensions, $202 million is a block grant, and $72 million goes for new tier pension funding.

"November's probably the drop dead date for us", Grode said.

After many months of hard work, we came together to produce genuine bipartisan reform.

Rauner also changed the legislation so that the "hold harmless" provision for other districts lasts for only three years. While the law gives 16- and 17-year-olds the right to express their wishes to become an organ donor, parents and guardians still will have the right to give or revoke consent until the donor turns 18.

"Without our GSA payments we will not be able to fund schools past October/November", the Murphysboro CUSD 186 said on its Facebook page.

There are other "coincidences" between Rauner's amendatory veto (and demands being made during negotiations) and Illinois Policy Institute dogma, but the basic premise is that the group wants to kill this bill and Rauner's proposed changes could conceivably lead to that result if the governor sticks to his guns during negotiations.



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