Rauner looks to House to send more money to most state schools
Gov. Bruce Rauner must rely on the Illinois House to trust the math of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) after the Senate on Sunday seemingly ignored an analysis showing that 97.5 percent of public schools would get more money under Rauner's amendments to Senate Bill 1.
The Senate voted 38-19 to override Rauner's veto, thus returning the bill to its original form as sent to him on July 31.
“Improving education is my mission, and we now have a clear path forward to enacting true fairness and equity in how we fund our children’s education,” Rauner said in a press release. “Lawmakers today have a choice. They can vote to give school districts across the state more money to educate our kids, or they can vote to support another bailout of Chicago.”
The House is expected to reconvene on Wednesday, but no vote has been scheduled. Although one Republican, Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview), sided with Democrats on the Senate override, a House override would require 71 votes. There are 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans in the House.
“The numbers show my plan is better for the state, making education funding fair and equitable for the first time in Illinois,” Rauner said in his statement. “We have to act now. I urge senators returning to Springfield (Aug. 14) to take up my plan to achieve true education funding reform for all our children, especially those in the neediest areas of the state.”