Education Funding Bill Now on Governor's Desk

Brady said he finds it hard to believe Democrats will continue to play political games even as Rauner makes changes to the bill.

During a Board of Education meeting July 17, State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, spoke to board members and administrators about the recent budget vote and the funding plan being demanded of the state legislature by Governor Bruce Rauner. SB 1 would change how the state distributes money to schools, especially in Chicago.

IL lawmakers have resumed negotiations on a plan to provide funding to schools in hopes of getting legislation passed before the new academic year begins.

Democrats warned that would put funding for all of Illinois' roughly 850 districts at risk.

After weeks of demands, Governor Rauner finally has Senate Bill One on his desk.

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Democratic Senate President John Cullerton asked Rauner to meet in an effort to strike an agreement.

Prior to the bill being sent to Rauner on Monday, a bipartisan group of legislators met behind closed doors after starting talks over the weekend. Sen.

"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.

"I think we see progress every step of the way, so i think it's important that the bill not be vetoed by Governor Rauner", the Bunker Hill Democrat said.

Rauner gave Democrats a Monday deadline to send him a funding bill they approved in May so he could use his veto power to strip some money for Chicago Public Schools.

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The Senate approved the legislation with a veto-proof majority, and although the House vote was short of the three-fifths majority needed to reject Rauner's changes, Speaker Michael Madigan has said he thinks there's a good chance for an override. If that attempt fails, the bill dies.

Rauner called lawmakers to Springfield for a special session to resolve the school funding disagreement.

Without some funding mechanism in place by then, they won't get the money, which will leave many districts scrambling for alternative plans to finance the scheduled opening of schools.

A new formula is required as part of the budget that legislators approved earlier this month. Rauner's office declined to comment about what action the governor would take until he officially received the bill.

The new money would be distributed according to what's known as an "evidence-based" model, which uses 27 metrics to determine an "adequacy target" - a dollar figure that each school district should spend per student in order to provide an adequate education.

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