Sunday, 22 October, 2017

IL parents prepare for 1st day of school amid funding formula friction

State Sen. Andy Manar addresses a crowd of reporters during what he thought was a temporary break in negotiations on SB1 his school funding reform bill Sen. Brady hopeful for school funding solution
Christy Curtis | 04 August, 2017, 01:09

With the state's high-poverty students receiving 20 percent fewer state and local funds - the worst gap in the nation, according to The Education Trust - Rauner commissioned a bipartisan panel, including five of his appointees, to come up with solutions.

Brady said he hopes the political games are over, but Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said Rauner is "determined to pit one child against another for political gain". The state's second-largest school district, Elgin Area School District U-46, is preparing to open schools on August 16 with a lot of uncertainty.

"We already, by contract ... we are committed to the teaching staff for the school year", Donkin said, adding that this could result in a union suit either with the district or the state, which Donkin said would be yet more money diverted from teaching. The piece noted that Gauch and his wife, a Carbondale public school teacher, make a combined $220,000 per year, plus benefits.

Andersson, who joined other legislators in overriding Rauner's budget veto, said he would not vote to override a veto of SB1. Within 24 hours of the bill's release, the Governor issued his promised amendatory veto to advance this bill.

Block grants are one of the primary ways the state funds Chicago, like all IL districts.

Meanwhile, the Senate has two weeks to either accept or reject Rauner's veto.

"While other districts around the state were taxing their population to pay for schools, Chicago Public Schools was choosing not to do that and not to pay the $250 million" in extra state grant money into its pension system, Purvis said. State Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, says the veto sets the state "back decades". And neither Democrats nor Republicans want to shoulder the blame should the disagreement continue and schools eventually have to close their doors in the coming months.

Democrats insist the proposal is fair because Chicago is the only IL district that pays the employer portion of teacher pension costs.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is blasting Gov. Bruce Rauner's rewrite of a school funding proposal that strips money from the city's schools.

Still, he acknowledged Rauner's tough re-election bid.

Reintegrates the normal cost pick-up for Chicago Public Schools into the Pension Code where it belongs, and finally begins to treat Chicago like all other districts with regards to the State's relationship with its teachers' pensions.

Lawmakers have said the expected veto will effectively kill the legislation and threaten the ability of schools to have enough funding to open on time for the new year.

Another of Rauner's changes affects the so-called "hold harmless" provision, which provides that no district would receive less money than it did this year.

"He is governing through anger", Emanuel said Wednesday. He said he expects lawmakers to go around Rauner, who he called a stumbling block to progress and someone willing to see poor and minority students hurt.

J.B. Pritzker accused Rauner of being "blinded by his crusade against Chicago's children and families" while Northwest Side Ald. "This may be all they're ever going to get".

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