Today’s Chicago Tribune, in an editorial about Speaker Madigan, states,“That’s not exactly helpful to his own Democrats – including Reps. Elaine Nekritz, of Northbrook…and others – who have been working with Republicans behind the scenes to find areas of agreement.”
Last week when asked who else they would recommend contacting to oppose Senate Bill 231 if combined with the 20/20 “evidence-based” plan (see below), Nekritz’s office stated, “Well, if it passes, everyone should call the Governor’s office.”
Nekritz says she opposes these school funding changes, but what is she really doing?
DEMOCRATS ARE IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF THE ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND NEKRITZ, AN INFLUENTIAL DEMOCRAT, SAYS TO CALL THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR, NOT OTHER DEMOCRATS.
Senate Bill 231 would take away money from special education, cutting it by almost 1/3, and eliminate the $9,000 the State now provides to local school districts for each special ed teacher, each school psychologist, each school social worker, each school nurse who work full-time with students with IEPs.
Instead SB 231, as supported by Senate Democrats, would establish a formula special education Block Grant which could be spent for ANY purpose.
The Block Grant has NO requirements, no strings attached requiring it to be spent on special education (let alone on special ed teachers).
The 20/20 “evidence-based” plan, as supported by Republicans, is the proposal of school superintendents to take effect in 2018. It is a concept, an idea (there is no legislative language that states exactly what it is).
The concept says funds would be provided for special ed teachers (perhaps based on oneteacher for every 150 students), but NO teacher would be required to be hired.
Please let your State Senator and State Representative know that you oppose these Senate Bill 231/”evidence-based” 20/20 joint plans.
Find out who your State Senator and State Representative are –