Illinois House passes school funding bill on second try


IL lawmakers have likely ended the state's school funding crisis after the Senate passed a compromise education funding plan on a 38-13 vote Tuesday.

The House quickly took up a vote to reconsider the vote of the school funding deal, negotiated by the four legislative leaders. "This is it. A bill that none of us like at 100 percent", Sen.

"This law reinforces local and state communities to work with the federal government to protect the neighborhood, to protect the people in the state of Illinois", Schmitz said. Sue Rezin, a Republican from Peru.

Governor Bruce Rauner has already vowed to sign the bill, which will move IL to an "evidence-based model" of education funding, taking into account each district's individual needs, as well as its local revenue sources, when appropriating state aid - prioritizing districts that are furthest from being fully-funded.

Without a funding plan in place, the state could not disburse aid to public schools.

The bipartisan measure would have provided state funding for more than 800 school districts for this first time this academic year.

"Educators and most importantly parents and children everywhere in IL can finally exhale and have confidence that their schools will open and stay open", Mendoza said in a statement following the Senate vote. "It is anticipated these payments will be issued within the next few days". The measure also provides $75 million for tax credits for people who contributed to private school scholarships.

Rauner, who is running for re-election next year, was elected on an ambitious reform program that included reining in the unions and reforming the massive pension problems faced by the state. The program was backed by Rauner, Republicans and Cardinal Blase Cupich and would provide tax credits for anyone who donates to organizations that would create scholarship funds for low- and mid-income students attending private schools.

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But Rauner used his veto authority to make changes to the legislation, saying it provided too much money to financially strapped Chicago Public Schools.

This comes less than 24 hours after the House did the same.

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"This was never stated, but they're more symbolically Republican agencies, you know, hunters, fishers, small business people", Scarr said.

The measure increases funding for school districts and distributes the money in a way lawmakers say is more equitable.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who walked the floor of the House after the vote to thank lawmakers, is expected to support it. It includes educational and tax policy that has not shown to be successful in the 17 other states that have attempted such policy.

Earlier Monday, Rauner signed the voter registration bill, which would add Illinoisans to the voting rolls when they get or renew a driver's license. The bailout will not only save the CPS this year, but the rejiggered funding formula will be very generous to Chicago in the future. The decision to call the vote again so soon, frustrated some opponents of the deal. No school district will lose money under this plan. Afterward, the House revisited the bipartisan bill it had earlier rejected and voted to approve it.