Chicago Mayor Urges Override On School Funding Veto

  • Chicago Mayor Urges Override On School Funding Veto

Chicago Mayor Urges Override On School Funding Veto

But little occurred this time, considering the school funding bill had passed both chambers during the regular session.

On Aug. 1, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to Senate Bill 1, an education funding bill that would distribute new state dollars to districts based on need, while maintaining the current level of funding each district receives.

"They can either choose a block grant or the pension but they can't do both", he says.

CPS, which derives 30 percent of its revenue from the state and is one of 19 cash-strapped districts on a state financial watch list, has vowed to ride out any disruptions in funding and stay open.

The measure, Senate Bill 1, drastically changes how IL splits money among its 855 school districts.

The matter now heads to the General Assembly, where the governor has respectfully requested lawmakers uphold his changes.

Connecticut's legislature granted final approval Monday to a $1.5 billion labor concessions agreement that will put a dent in the state's projected $5 billion budget deficit, and the Rhode Island Senate is set to vote Thursday on a $9.2 billion budget deal that has already cleared the state's House of Representatives. "Anything short of that is problematic for us all". This is the only bill in which no districts lose money-a principle that superintendents all across IL have held to and will not violate.

Because Chicago is the only district whose pension payments aren't picked up by the state, however, Chicago officials, led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, argue that city residents are "double taxed" - once to fund the pensions of the city's teachers and again to fund the pensions of the rest of the state's teachers. However, some districts can only survive for part of the year. The governor agreed with 90% of the school funding legislation yet vetoed it.

However, should the crisis drag out long enough - forcing some schools to reduce programs and services or to shut their doors - it's possible that Republicans (particularly those who) could break ranks.

The first payment for the 2017-18 school year is due August 10, with many districts starting class the following week. The bill's original language said that if the state ever instituted a pension cost shift, then the state would have to increase state aid to districts by the same amount - rendering a pension cost shift pointless. He said he expects lawmakers to go around Rauner, who he called a stumbling block to progress and someone willing to see poor and minority students hurt.

Due to the weight of the issue, Brady said he believes the bill "will be negotiated to compromise".

While Rauner kept the basic tenants in place, the Republican governor Tuesday used his amendatory veto powers to significantly change the legislation Democrats approved in late May. But lawmakers have clashed over how to fix it.

Many districts are concerned schools won't be able to remain open into fall without state money.

Although the governor and several downstate legislators say they support much of SB1, they contend it will send downstate money to Chicago and bail out "Chicago's broken teacher pension system".