Senate votes to override veto on school funding measure

Senate votes to override veto on school funding measure (File Photo)

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a public-school funding measure.

The legislation is a cleanup of a landmark measure to revamp the state's school-funding system approved last summer. The Senate vote Wednesday was 38-17.

Lawmakers learned that a technical glitch in the original proposal produced funding levels that Democrats say weren't agreed to. It produced $46 million less for Chicago Public Schools than anticipated.

Rauner didn't object to fixing the funding levels. He used an amendatory veto to suggest streamlining the process for state recognition of non-public schools so they'll be eligible for a tax-credit program contained in the bill. The Republican announced Friday that he reached a compromise on the issue.

It now moves to the House.

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s erroneous veto of Senate Bill 444:

The Senate’s override vote helps to correct a poor governing decision that so far has delayed execution of the new school funding formula by nearly three months. I look forward to the House taking the same course of action so that we can put this sorry situation is behind us and allow the Illinois State Board of Education to move forward with its work. Schools and communities all over the state are anxious for this to be ironed out once and for all.
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