Manar commends Senate for overriding governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1

ManarSB108132017SPRINGFIELD – Generations of children will benefit from schools that are fairly and adequately funded if the Illinois House follows the Senate’s lead and votes to override the governor’s veto of historic school funding reform legislation.

Members of the Senate voted 38-19 on Sunday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1.

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), the sponsor of Senate Bill 1, which would enact a fair method of funding schools in Illinois for the first time in more than 20 years, said the legislation represents years of compromise and negotiation among lawmakers and school superintendents.

“The Senate did the right thing for Illinois children, families, educators and taxpayers today. I hope the members of the House will be able to find the courage to buck the governor and do the same,” Manar said.

“Gov. Rauner’s veto, which represents a total rewrite of the underlying bill, has generated no support and no excitement among the superintendents and educators who have boots on the ground in the least-funded schools of Illinois. Every day, they witness the disparities caused by the state’s broken school funding formula, and they know full well that his plan does nothing to solve the problem.”

Senate Bill 1 ensures no schools lose state funding and would enact an evidence-based model of funding public schools. It has garnered broad, vocal support from school superintendents, educators, parents, students, taxpayers, community leaders, elected officials, civic organizations and others across the state.

However, Rauner inserted provisions into the legislation through his amendatory veto that perpetuate a system of winning and losing school districts and create a fiscal cliff that would shift a greater financial burden onto local property taxpayers – especially in central and southern Illinois – in future years.

Manar noted that the governor’s provisions have not been vetted in public hearings, and that it would be irresponsible for lawmakers to enact such sweeping changes to local schools and government through an amendatory veto without ample opportunity for public discussion.

“This issue of school funding disparities weighs on my conscience. It will continue to do that. But we are on the verge of enacting historic change,” he said.

“For years, this debate has gone on in the General Assembly, and it veers off into failure for various reasons. This veto is not going to be the reason this time. Our kids deserve better. I urge the House to join us in overriding the governor’s veto.”

Category: School Funding Reform

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