Sauer on school funding bill: Students, parents deserve better
As he had vowed, Gov. Bruce Rauner recently used an amendatory veto to strip Chicago Public School pension money from the state's public education bill, SB1. The measure was returned to the General Assembly for reconsideration.
For his part, Rep. Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) has already been on the attack, chiding the Democratic majority for holding onto the bill for two months after it had passed the Legislature. Before Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) sent SB1 to Rauner, Sauer had said the delay was outrageous.
“Senate Democrats have had the opportunity to send legislation to fund K-12 education to the governor for 57 days, why haven’t they done it?” Sauer said, according to a press release. “Our schools, responsible for ensuring the success of future generations, are being put in jeopardy for the sake of playing politics. It’s time do the right thing and stop governing by crisis at every opportunity. Our students and their parents deserve better than this, so let’s give them certainty today and not wait until the last moment yet again.”
SB1 would move the state’s school funding distribution to an evidence-based model.
The bill would need considerable Republican support for an override of Rauner’s veto, which earlier reports have deemed unlikely.