Skillicorn laments lack of reforms in school funding bill
Before Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) sent Senate Bill 1 to Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday night, two months after it had passed the General Assembly, Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) called for fundamental changes in the public education funding measure.
“SB1 lacks any structural reforms to collective bargaining or prevailing wage,” Skillicorn wrote on his website. “There is no relief from the multitude of unfunded mandates. No empowering of parents or low income students who are trapped in underperforming schools merely because of their zip code in the form of school choice, where the money follows the student. And most of all, no relief for overburdened taxpayers in the form of lower property taxes.”
Like Rauner, Skillicorn took issue with provisions in SB1 that would provide pension debt payments for Chicago Public Schools. Rauner has vowed to use an amendatory veto to strip the provisions, but as of Tuesday had not acted on the measure.
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