ISBE Talks Equitable Funding After Gov. Rauner's Amendatory Veto

Jan 12, 2018

Nearly 200 Illinois school districts will lose out on equitable funding if lawmakers can't come up with a way to deal with the amendatory veto Governor Bruce Rauner issued last week.

He has made campaign commercials touting the new school funding formula, but he nixed a trailer bill that clarified funding for districts with certain tax caps.

Jackie Matthews, spokesperson for the state board of education, says the provisions in that trailer bill, known as Senate Bill 444, are crucial.
 
"If the changes included in SB 444 are not enacted, 178 school districts will see a reduction in their funding based on their inability to access local resources that the way that the law is currently written credits them for."
 
Lawmakers are likely to take up the issue when they return to Springfield later this month.