Big Hollow superintendent calls for a bipartisan school funding bill
Neither Senate Bill 1 nor Gov. Bruce Rauner's amended version of the state's public school funding bill do what's best for all state schools, the superintendent of Big Hollow School District 38 Superintendent Bob Gold recently said.
"I do not support Gov. Rauner's AV (amendatory veto) as I think goes against what we were hoping for in an 'evidence-based funding model,'" Gold said in a statement. "However, I cannot say that I support SB1 in its current form. It is a complicated issue, but I firmly believe that all school districts in the state of Illinois should be treated the same, and the way SB1 is written provides bailout funding to CPS (Chicago Public Schools) for years to come at the expense of the rest of the state."
The Senate has voted to override Rauner's veto and return the bill to its original form. The House had not yet taken up SB1 in late August, although a veto override there was considered much less likely because of the need for Republican support to obtain the required three-fifths majority.
“In my mind, a bipartisan compromise needs to be made on this issue,” Gold said in his statement. “If that cannot happen, then schools will be better off with SB1, as it does have key components of an evidence-based funding model in place."