CHICAGO – State. Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s attempt to rewrite fair education funding to benefit wealthy schools at the expense of local students:
“The governor’s attempt to rewrite fair education funding is really an attempt to rob local students and further enrich wealthy school districts. The governor’s plan allows currently wealthy school districts to gain even more off the backs of underfunded school districts. This is not a plan I am prepared to support, and will not do so.
“The bill I helped put on the governor’s desk provided a long-term guarantee of equitable funding and quality educational opportunities for children in Chicago and across the state. The governor’s changes return to picking winners and losers, and rely on phony mathematical gimmicks to continue underfunding schools in the greatest need.
“He falsely labeled our proposal as a ‘Chicago bailout,’ a claim which has been debunked by an independent fact-checking group, Politifact. Now he has turned the debate on Senate Bill 1 into a political game, pitting students against each other.
“Time and time again, the governor is proving who he could not care less about: Chicago Public School students. The carelessness speaks volumes about his disdain for Chicago and its students, and his disregard for the legislative process. He claimed the bill only needed a simple majority to adopt his veto when in fact it requires a supermajority to adopt.
“This crisis he is perpetuating is something I will fight against, because Illinois needs to continue down the path of reform. We have been making good progress, by overriding the governor before, and we should not stop now. I will continue to negotiate with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to adopt a funding formula that is fair for Chicago Public Schools and will refuse to give in to the governor’s demands that double-down on the failed status-quo.”