Madigan, Emanuel got their way in school funding bill, Ives contends
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) was angry but not surprised at the passage of the state's new public education funding bill, according to a press release.
“In typical Illinois fashion, [House Speaker] Michael Madigan and [Chicago] Mayor Rahm Emanuel got everything they wanted in the new school funding bill – and more,” Ives said in the release. “Madigan got more dollars for the unions, he got the pretense of ending the long debate over education equity funding (this bill won’t end the debate), and most importantly he got to use suburban tax money to bail out CPS.”
Ives also took issue with the introduction of an evidence-based funding model, arguing that it has not worked in other states and does not take student outcomes into consideration.
Ives, a school choice advocate, joined fellow Republicans in ardent support of the tax credit scholarship program created in the legislation, but deviated from her fellow party members’ praise of other measures in the bill. She said the state mandate and property tax relief it offers do not go far enough.