The Illinois State Board of Education, or ISBE, on Aug. 12 released the results of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, a school funding plan. The results are favorable to an overwhelming number of school districts across the state.
More than 97 percent of Illinois school districts will receive more state funding under the governor’s amendatory veto compared with SB 1 as it was originally sent to the governor’s desk. That means 831 of the state’s 852 school districts will see more state dollars due to Rauner’s changes.
And all districts will receive more state dollars than they did last year.
The biggest beneficiaries of the governor’s changes are many of Illinois’ neediest districts, including those in Waukegan, Rockford, Aurora, Cicero, East St. Louis and Danville.
Rockford School District 205 is set to receive $9.5 million more in state funding compared with the original version of SB 1 passed by the General Assembly. Waukegan CUSD 60 is set to receive $6.5 million more. And East St. Louis School District 189 is set to receive $1.1 million more.
These results strongly contradict much of what was said about the governor’s changes prior to ISBE releasing its analysis.
Peoria School District 150, which claimed it would lose $1 million in state funding, will actually gain nearly $4 million under the governor’s amendatory veto.
Springfield School District 186 claimed it could lose funding, but it will actually gain $1 million.
Others have criticized the amendatory veto as focusing on protecting wealthy districts, despite the fact that ISBE’s analysis shows poor districts would benefit significantly.
Notably, every school district represented by the chief Senate sponsor of SB 1, state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, would receive more money under Rauner’s amendatory veto than under Manar’s original bill. In total, the 20 school districts within Manar’s Senate district would receive an additional $8.7 million under Rauner’s amendatory veto.