They've now gone a couple of weeks without money.
The Democratic Illinois legislature gave final passage to a new K-12 school-funding formula Tuesday, closing the door on a summer of budget turmoil that saw the end of a more than two-year fiscal standoff with the state's Republican governor but didn't resolve other long-term issues plaguing the state. "It for me sets a problematic precedent that will I fear allow for long term systematic undermining of our public school systems". Without a method to distribute state aid, IL was prevented from sending state payments to schools as classes began for most this month. "It will secure us for the school year so we can finish like we planned". It was a bipartisan compromise.
The CTU has been a major critic of the plan that will earmark up to $75 million for scholarship tax credits. Am I pleased with that, no I'm not. "This is what we needed to do in order to fix a flawed system that we became recognized for across this country", Lightford said. "If that is what it took, we will evaluate that language and monitor it the next semester to see what specific impact that has".
Kristen Kendrick-Heikle, superintendent of Warrensburg-Latham schools, said she was thrilled that the state had adopted a more up-to-date way to fund education.
That $75 million dollar school choice plan - providing scholarships through tax credits for private school students - led a handful of Democrats to vote "no". Third, no district will lose state funding as compared to previous year.
State senators voted 38-13 on Tuesday, with Michael Connelly, R-Lisle, and Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, in the dissent.
"If it provides opportunities to students where it might prevent them from joining a gang, it's a good thing", Rep. Swanson said.
But Chicago will get what it wants. The people of IL will get an opportunity for property tax relief.
But Chicago Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th) said the board would enact such a tax hike only as a last resort, as city homeowners and businesses are "pretty much at critical mass" after being hit with $838 million in property-tax increases to cover a wide range of city-related pension payments.
Fregeau and several other area superintendents said they were eager to review the details of the legislation, details of which were negotiated by legislative leaders in closed-door meetings over recent days. The bill now heads to Governor Bruce Rauner who has hailed it as historic education reform for primary and secondary public schools. About twice as much new money will flow into schools across the 55th Senate District, compared to the Democratic Party's alternative, providing new and better opportunities for students and bettering our classrooms.
Rauner reports school districts will be given flexibility in how they schedule physical education curriculum and how they administer driver's education curriculum. What caused even more unrest was the fact that this bill barred local officials from detaining anyone exclusively on the basis of a federal immigration detainer unless federal officials have a criminal warrant.