* WTTW has a very good story about the ins and outs of SB 1, the education funding reform bill. The whole thing is worth a read, so go check it out. Here’s the end…
Rauner has said he’ll veto the bill as it stands, criticizing the amendment to Chicago Tonight last week, saying it “included hundreds of millions of dollars of extra special treatment to bail out Chicago Public Schools from their years of mismanagement.”
That means for the bill to pass, both the Senate and House would need to override Rauner’s veto. Martire believes SB1 has enough support for that to occur in the Senate.
But in the House, the bill would need 71 votes. And when it was approved last month, it received only 60 votes. Martire said four other Democratic representatives have expressed support SB1, but left Springfield before that vote.
Even with them in tow, it will take bipartisan support to reach that threshold and pass the bill.
“The goal is to get seven legislators, which requires some Republican support, on board for this bill,” he said. “And I think that’s a do-able thing, especially when you get to the heart of how the bill works.”
* Meanwhile, Advance Illinois, one of the education groups that is pushing for the bill’s passage, shared this in its weekly news roundup…
State Representative John Cavaletto recently expressed dissatisfaction with changes to SB1, saying he felt the recent alterations to the bill bail out Chicago schools and short changes schools in the local district. However, several local school administrators are in favor of and have even championed the new school funding formula. What is the root of the opposing views?
That article is here. His local superintendents are really unhappy with Cavaletto. Local school types don’t usually directly criticize their own legislators like they did.
* Related stuff sent along today by Advance Illinois…
* Letter: Illinois (almost) has a school funding formula that will help all students: In response to the editorial “Don’t dare applaud Illinois lawmakers,” the Tribune should applaud the General Assembly’s passage of school funding reform last week.
* Manar: It’s no ‘bailout.’ Rather, this school funding bill is good for every district in Illinois
* Poverty . . . An Equal Opportunity ‘Disrupter’ of Student Success: A University of Illinois at Chicago study released Tuesday analyzed shifts in achievement and other factors throughout Illinois during the No Child Left Behind era. The report shows that achievement gains in Chicago and achievement declines in much of central and southern Illinois now puts achievement in Chicago on par with most downstate districts.