* Unless these superintendents demand a tax increase to fund their programs and/or tell legislators what programs should be slashed to pay for all this, they should just stay home…
Illinois school chiefs are pressing lawmakers to pass a budget that fully funds schools before the legislative session draws to a close this week.
School district superintendents from across the state will convene at the state Capitol on the General Assembly’s Wednesday deadline to urge lawmakers to produce the state’s first complete budget in two years.
The coalition is calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders to pay schools the $1.1 billion they say the state owes them for programs like special education and transportation. Payments have lagged amid the state’s historic budget impasse.
The 440 superintendents represent two-thirds of Illinois school children.
Demanding “a budget” misses the point. This fight isn’t about the “budget,” it’s about the governor’s non-budget demands tied to a tax hike.
These superintendents have some sway back home. They need to finally step up and tell their own constituents what needs to be done.
* I wrote much the same thing in my subscriber edition today. One superintendent had the guts to respond…
* Responsible Budget Coalition: Illinois needs revenue to thrive