Gurnee superintendent wants school funding bill passed as is
Concessions to Chicago Public Schools weakened the state's public school funding bill but not enough to stop it from being a "very good bill that needs to be passed immediately," the superintendent of Gurnee School District 56 says.
"I am sorry that the issues related to the Chicago teacher pensions were included in SB1 because I would like for SB1 to stand on its on merits," John Hutton said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the inclusion of the Chicago pensions into the bill does not allow that to happen."
But Hutton also disagreed with Gov. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, arguing that the orignial measure does at least try to provide equal funding to schools throughout the state.
"I am also very upset that the Governor far extended his constitutional responsibilities with his expansive amendatory veto," he said in the statement. " The Governor is part of the executive branch not the legislative branch. The amendatory veto greatly reduces the state's ability to adequately support public education."
The Senate voted to override Rauner's veto, but the House has yet to take up the bill.