Statement from IL House Speaker Madigan on School Funding

Illinois education funding compromise in trouble, threatening school openings

Illinois education funding compromise in trouble, threatening school openings

The Senate approved the plan by a 38-13 tally, after it cleared the House a day earlier. Gov. She said even though these issues would not normally be included in a budget process, she believes they are vital for job growth.

Thanks to those new provisions, the bill passed the House and Senate unanimously in late May.

I thank legislators in both Houses from both parties for coming together to pass this historic bill to put school funding on a long-overdue path to equity in IL.

But the compromise bill also includes a controversial $75 million private school scholarship and tax credit program which critics have dubbed private-school "vouchers".

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The evening vote came after the same measure was defeated earlier Monday largely because of objections to the tax credits raised by teacher unions.

The state House of Representatives approved a new evidence-based school funding plan Monday.

"I can't help but ask: What's next?" No school is expected to lose funding under the plan, and the hope is that more state education spending could help lower property taxes in communities that rely on those dollars to prop up their schools.

Lawmakers said they have confidence the bill will pass in the Senate on Tuesday, which could send money to the hands of schools across the state.

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The vote cast what was thought to be a historic step forward for public-school funding statewide into sudden doubt.

"We need to tell the truth about how harmful the cuts have been", said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey.

"I encourage members of the Senate to also pass this bill, which I will sign quickly in order to ensure that our schools - many of which have already opened for the 2017-2018 school year - receive their much-needed resources." he said in a statement. Cook County Clerk David Orr's office, however, put that figure at closer to $148 million.

The state also would make a much larger contribution for Chicago teachers' pensions: $221 million, compared with about $12.2 million past year. "We're very excited and proud of where we've gotten to but it's not done until the law goes into effect and has the outcomes that we've promised and advocated for the last two years".

Some lawmakers are balking at the tax credit, saying it takes money from public schools. The money may be donated to a specific school or "subset" of schools, but not to a specific student.

The new tax credit would be worth 75 percent of a taxpayer's annual contributions to a scholarship fund, with a maximum credit of $1 million annually.

Many Democrats and some Republicans opposed the tax credit, which teacher unions lined up against.

Students receiving the scholarships must have a household income of less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $73,000 annually for a family of four.

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police also supports the bill, in part because they agree that enabling local police to enforce immigration enforcement could worsen relations between their police departments and immigrant communities that may be too fearful of deportation to report crime.

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