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School stunner: 'Compromise' education bill fails in Illinois House

29 August 2017

Bipartisan leaders have been meeting behind closed doors for days, with the Illinois House expected to get a first look at the plan Monday when they convene.

While the details remained tightly held late Sunday, the broad outlines have been criticized by some in both parties since the announcement of an agreement Thursday.

Rauner appears resigned to some kind of bail out for the Chicago Public Schools, despite heavy criticism that the CPS has mismanaged its finances for years.

SPRINGFIELD -The Illinois House on Monday failed to pass a compromise school-funding measure, voting it down 46-61 after more than an hour of debate.

"SB 1933 removes a barrier to voter participation by modernizing the voter registration process to make it simpler and more convenient for Illinoisans to vote", Rauner said. Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan hashed out a compromise last week, numerous details of which are still secret.

"I'm confused by the governor's position, frankly", Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, said Sunday on WGN 720-AM.

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Students receiving the scholarships must have a total household income of less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level. But the Illinois Association of School Administrators does not support the idea of 75 million dollars in publicly funded tax credits being used for private school scholarships.

Many House Democrats, particularly those heavily backed by the Chicago Teachers Union, expressed anger over that aspect when briefed on it Friday morning.

Critics of SB 1, including Rauner, have called it a "bailout" for cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools because the bill as passed took into account the district's $505 million in unfunded pension liability, plus $221 million in its normal pension payments, as well as the $203 million Chicago Block Grant, when determining how much it should receive in state funding.

It was to have replaced an initial Democratic-sponsored school-funding bill that the governor vetoed on August 1. But just 16 Democrats voted for the measure.

IL is one of a number of states where Common Cause is pushing to pass automatic voter registration. The Senate already has overridden Rauner, and if lawmakers are convinced that it may be the last chance to keep schools open throughout the school year, it could put pressure on reluctant Republicans to support the override.

The leaders are scheduled to meet again Monday morning to "try to finish working through the small details", ahead of a potential vote, said Madigan spokesman Steve Brown.

School stunner: 'Compromise' education bill fails in Illinois House