Education funding reform bill signed into law

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner signs the education funding bill into law Thursday afternoon.

The Illinois Senate voted to pass the education reform bill 38-13 Tuesday. It was less than a day after the House did the same. It includes a $75-million dollar scholarship fund that would help pay for kids in under-performing public schools to attend private schools. Some Democrats didn't support the money for private school tax credits, but it was added to get Republicans on-board.

The Illinois Senate voted to pass the education reform bill 38-13 Tuesday, before it was sent to the governor. It was less than a day after the House did the same. Senate President John Cullerton said earlier this week that this was the first time in a long time everyone can take credit and a victory lap for being a part of this historic moment.

On August 13th, the Senate voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1 after the governor called it a "Chicago bail-out."

“The passing of this historic legislation was no easy feat, but it’s a reminder of the good things we can accomplish when we put politics aside and focus on what’s important: our children and our future,” Gov. Rauner said. “I am proud to sign this bill, which will bring more money to school districts based on the needs of the children, guaranteeing that all Illinois students have access to adequate education funding.”

“This historic first step ensures our schools stay open now and that from this day forward the resources invested in public education are committed to providing equity and fairness for all students regardless of where they live in Illinois,” said Senate President John J. Cullerton (D-Chicago).

House Speaker Michael Madigan adds, “Today is a victory for our schools, our students and our communities. It’s also a victory for compromise that I hope we continue to build on. By working together and in good faith, even when we do not totally agree, Democrats and Republicans have created a plan where every school district wins."

"This is truly a historic moment for Illinois, for our schools and most importantly for our children," said Republican Senator Jason Barickman. "This represents a historic shift toward a new education funding system where the quality of a child’s education will no longer be dependent on where they live. Today is an opportunity to show how we can come together in a divided government to accomplish great things and to find a way to build on that success."

 


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