Rauner says school reform is what he's been fighting for
Gov. Bruce Rauner penned a column for the Daily Herald recently in which he described the recently enacted school funding reform as "the reason why I ran for governor in the first place.”
“Illinois now has a more equitable funding structure that provides all children with the opportunity for quality education, regardless of their family's income,” Rauner wrote.
Rauner applauded the changes in the bill that will drive more state funding to school districts that have less property wealth to provide revenue. He also celebrated the creation of a tax credit scholarship program, which will allow more children access to private schools.
“The new evidence-based school funding formula acknowledges that it takes more money to educate children who live in under-resourced communities and guarantees that new state dollars are distributed equitably,” Ruaner wrote. “At the same time, it holds all 852 school districts harmless from cuts in state support and presents avenues for property tax relief for homeowners. After years of being 49th among states for state support of education, Illinois is now poised to fulfill our obligations to our children regardless of race, income or geography.”