The main sticking point between the governor and Senate Bill 1 as it stood, which already passed both the House and Senate, was the inclusion of Chicago Public Schools pension considerations in the school spending formula.
Governor Rauner explained his decision to exclude Chicago Public Schools pensions by saying, “[Removing pension considerations] reintegrates the normal cost pick-up for Chicago Public Schools into the Pension Code where it belongs, and finally begins to treat Chicago like all other districts with regards to the state’s relationship with its teachers’ pensions.”
Rauner’s veto also includes other changes, including removing minimum funding requirements for Illinois schools.
State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) released a statement responding to Governor Rauner’s veto:
I am disappointed that the governor failed to sign legislation that would ensure schools open in the fall and work towards an equal education for all children.
Senate Bill 1 brings $5 million to Rockford Public Schools and puts our state’s neediest districts on equal footing with the rest of the state.
I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fix our broken school funding formula.
With the governor’s changes, the matter now heads back to the Illinois General Assembly where Rauner has asked them to uphold his changes. If the changes are upheld, Rauner claims Illinois will “achieve historic education funding reform.”