Rauner says he`ll veto money for Chicago teacher pensions

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"Think about that", Rauner said.

The Republican governor demanded that the Democratic-controlled Illinois Senate to send him Senate Bill 1, or SB1, which changes how the state funds schools throughout the state.

In short, the legislature will have to wait to see how Rauner changes the bill before choosing to accept his veto, override it - both of which would take a 3/5 majority in the House and Senate - or ruling that it exceeds his authority, in which case the legislation would die and lawmakers would have to start from square one. Lawmakers have not yet sent it to the governor. The could jeopardize schools' opening, but Rauner says schools will open on time.

The Associated Press reports that although the state budget includes an additional $350 million for schools, it comes with changes in the state aid formula that Gov. Bruce Rauner opposes.

No matter what, something must be done to move IL to an evidence-based model of funding like the intent of SB 1, otherwise no state aid will be disbursed to schools - rendering many unable to open in the fall.

Rauner says it's not right to give Chicago Public Schools more than its equitable share at the expense of other struggling school districts. The governor emphasized on several occasions that his amendatory veto would allow more money to be made available for districts across the state.

"I do believe it's equitable", Harris says. "They want to threaten to hold up school funding so schools don't open this fall", Rauner said, "to try to force a pension bailout for the City of Chicago on the backs of IL taxpayers".

Rauner said he intends to use his veto to amend parts of the bill that address CPS pensions.

A spokesman for Cullerton said the legal constraints aren't quite that explicit, and the situation still remains very much up in the air. It was still being held as of late Monday afternoon.

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Local School Councils will have about a week to approve spending plans for their schools, officials said.

IL gives governors constitutional authority to use an amendatory veto to make "specific recommendations for change".

Senate Bill 1 is sitting on the governor's desk waiting approval, but he has promised to veto it.

"Schools have to open, that's our primary responsibility in the IL constitution and it's just common sense", Mitchell said.

He says the amendatory veto also will adjust the bill so that it is more closely aligned with the to the original ideals proposed by the governor's School Funding Reform Commission - which has bipartisan support.

"I can not stress how important it is to address this issue now to ensure that our state's elementary, middle, and high schools open without interruption, with the resources they need", she said.

Chicago's students deserve adequately funded front-line classroom services and a school system that respects and engages engages families and neighborhood residents, built on best practices and a commitment to adequately fund a high-quality education for our youth. It has earned IL the dubious distinction of being the most inequitable in the nation. SB 1 supporters said the bill is not a CPS bailout. The new formula incorporates 27 different variables that weigh a school's poverty level, property values and transportation costs just to name a few. That has raised the possibility some school districts largely dependent on state funding may not be able to open for classes next month.

Springfield usually starts sending out school aid checks by August 10, but that won't happen unless the two sides can quickly find common ground.

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