Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

House passes school funding bill on 2nd attempt

House passes school funding bill on 2nd attempt

"I'm glad it passed, because the alternative is scary". This bill is a permanent promise of more funding for schools statewide. "But without seeing the actual allotment from the state and running it through the formula and things of that nature, I don't know".

Lawmakers voted 73-34 Monday to send the legislation to the Senate.

State Rep David S. Olsen added...


Teacher unions opposed the tax credit, and many lawmakers said it was the reason they voted no on the measure Monday afternoon. House members had a chance to try and override Governor Rauner's amendatory veto of Senate Bill One, the school funding reform bill that passed both chambers in May, and had strong support from school districts throughout the state.

Legislators have been unable to agree on a way to fund schools, even as lawmakers from both parties agree the way money is now distributed is unfair and creates huge disparities between wealthy and poor districts.

"The general assembly came together worked with us, made the changes that we were recommending and now we have a good, strong piece of legislation that makes it easier for everyone who is eligible to vote to be able to vote", says Rauner. It provides money to help Chicago Public Schools pay its pension costs, as the state does for other districts, and allows Chicago to raise property taxes by $120 million to help reduce its massive unfunded pension liabilities. There's wide agreement the current 20-year-old formula is unfair, but Republicans and Democrats have disagreed on how to change it. He says he's enthusiastic about the bipartisan compromise and his district will get roughly $180,000 more under the proposal. The plan debated Monday was hammered out by legislative leaders in closed-door meetings. Many opponents of the compromise took issue with the inclusion of a $75 million private school scholarship tax credit.

Students receiving the scholarships must have a total household income of less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

Other Republicans supported the measure, calling it a bipartisan compromise that will help schools throughout the state. Lane says it is up to an individual if they want to attend a private school, but he doesn't think taxpayers should be helping. The Senate previously overrode the governor's veto with a 38-19 vote.

Supporters needed 71 yes votes to approve the legislation over Rauner's objections. It received 63 yes votes. The new bill will instead enroll them into a 401 (k)-style plan. Gemmingen teaches at West Junior High School in Belleville District 118, which estimates that it would have to close by October without state funding. It is schools in their districts that will suffer because of the bailout. The compromise ensures a high quality education for all IL students and prioritizes funding for the most impoverished schools and students.

OR became the first state to implement automatic registration previous year, and the results were impressive.

"I encourage members of the Senate to also pass this bill, which I will sign quickly in order to ensure that our schools - many of which have already opened for the 2017-2018 school year - receive their much-needed resources." he said in a statement.

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