The state Board of Education said Friday that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of an education funding-related bill this week could lead to “further disruption and confusion” for all school districts in the state.
In a statement, the ISBE said work to implement a new school funding formula is dependent on lawmakers enacting provisions of Senate Bill 444. The bill was a follow-up to legislation that changed the funding formula to direct more state resources to schools most in need.
Rauner used his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the bill to allow more private schools to share in a new scholarship program designed to help more students afford private and parochial schools. That scholarship program was included as part of the compromise to pass the revised school funding formula.
Proponents of the revised funding formula said Rauner’s action will delay implementation of the new formula. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield later this month and could attempt to override Rauner’s amendatory veto.
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