Winger backs Rauner vow to spread public school funding evenly
Rep. Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) wants to hand Gov. Bruce Rauner the scissors, figuratively speaking.
Winger said recently that she fully supports Rauner's vow to strip the state's public school funding bill of additional money for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and give that money to schools throughout the state, according to a press release.
"The state’s budget requires Illinois’ $778 million in education spending to be distributed through an evidence based model," Winger said, according to the press release. "Both chambers of the General Assembly have passed legislation, Senate Bill 1, that would transition the distribution to an evidence based model. The bill is currently being held back, and Rauner has vowed to issue an amendatory veto to block portions of the bill that are favorable to Chicago Public Schools (CPS)."
According to Winger, SB1 in its current form would provide CPS with $221 million through the school funding formula for pension costs.
Legislators are currently in special session to work on the measure. Rauner called them back on Wednesday, to remain until Monday, if need be. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has said he will hold off sending Rauner the bill until then.