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Despite State Budget, K-12 School Funding Still Up In The Air

After more than two years, Illinois finally has a budget. In that budget, money has been appropriated for K-12 education, but lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner have yet to come to an agreement on a funding formula for how to distribute that money. In late May, legislators passed SB 1, a plan put forward by the Democrats that provides a so-called “evidence-based funding model.” 

Gov. Rauner has vowed to veto that bill if it remains in its current form. According to Rauner, the bill favors the Chicago Public Schools over other districts. Democrats have held that bill from the governor’s desk out of fear of a veto. Meanwhile another school funding bill, SB 1124, has emerged on the Republican side in recent weeks. 

Morning Shift talks about the legislation with Ginger Ostro, executive director of Advance Illinois, a nonpartisan education policy organization that has been pushing for SB1, and Mary Havis, Superintendent of Berwyn South School District 100. We also hear what could happen if lawmakers and the governor don’t reach an agreement in the near future.


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