* Appearing on WBEZ again today, Gov. Rauner talked about education funding reform legislation…
A good Democrat bill got introduced in the Senate and a good Republican bill got introduced in the Senate. I support either of those bills. They were good bills.
The governor went on to call the House’s version, which ended up passing, a Chicago bailout.
* But let’s go back to when Democratic Sen. Andy Manar passed his own version out of the Senate…
The Rauner Administration released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of SB1. The following is attributable to Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis
“This bill is not consistent with the framework of the bipartisan, bicameral School Funding Commission. Senator Manar abandoned our bipartisan process, departing from agreements already finalized in the commission and forcing a Chicago bailout at the expense of every other school district in the state, some of which are in worse financial straits than CPS.”
As a result, not a single Senate Republican voted for the bill.
* Rauner also told WTTW yesterday that he could support Manar’s bill “with very minor tweaks.” But Purvis’s May 17th statement belies that comment.
He’s rewriting history and he’s getting away with it.
*** UPDATE *** From the governor’s office…
The governor was referring to Andy Manar’s SB 1, Senate Amendment 3 which he believes can be the basis to a compromise. The governor believes that there is a good place for compromise between Sen. Barickman’s SB 1124 and Sen. Manar’s SB1, Senate Amendment 3. The governor also believes that the conversations that were occurring between House Republicans and Will Davis just hours prior to floor Amendment 1 being filed could lead to a school funding formula with reforms that everyone could celebrate.