Rauner true to school funding goals, new campaign ad contends
Gearing up for 2018, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s candidate committee, Citizens for Rauner, has released a new TV ad touting the school funding bill signed by the governor that was considered a compromise between Democrats and Republicans.
The bill creates an evidence-based model for school funding depending on a school’s local revenue and gives the Chicago Board of Education the option to increase the property tax levy in the city. The most controversial part of the bill is a $75 million private school scholarship and tax-credit program, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
In a press release, Citizens for Rauner said improving education is one of the main reasons Rauner ran for governor. In 2015, Rauner began the job of reforming school funding across the state by creating the bipartisan Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.
“He believes education is the most important thing we do as a community and that every child in Illinois deserves an opportunity to attend high quality schools regardless of zip code or family background,” the release said.