Ives targets multiple aspects of school funding measure
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) takes issue not only with the special funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that was included in Senate Bill 1 -- before being stripped of the provision by Gov. Bruce Rauner -- but with many other aspects of the school funding measure, according to a recent post on her website.
“Senate Bill 1 is not the answer,” Ives wrote. “The bill is overly-complex. If you change one metric for one school district in the bill, it changes the funding for every other school district in Illinois.”
Ives argued that the bill would also bring about more tax increases and does not address the state's need for school choice.
Mostly, though, Ives focused her criticism on the CPS benefits.
“The bottom line is this – the new money for CPS under Senate Bill 1 would go to service their pensions and debt, NOT into the classroom,” Ives wrote. “Senate Bill 1 is not about improving education and outcomes in Chicago, or any school in Illinois for that matter. It is a bailout for CPS’ pension debt. It is clear to everyone that CPS has been grossly mismanaged for decades, and now they want Illinois taxpayers to foot the bill.”