Democrats pass budget bill challenging Rauner to veto K-12 funding for every Illinois public school district.
-By Bev Johns
By a vote of 63 Yes, 53 No, and 1 present, the Illinois House of Representatives voted last night to provide $9,000 for each special ed teacher next school year (Disabled Student Personnel Reimbursement) as part of a huge budget bill for Fiscal Year 2017.
In addition, the 500 page Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 2048 rejected the recommendation of the Illinois State Board of Education to move $303 million from another special education line item to General State Aid, and keeps that $303 million for special education.
SB 2048 is real money, including $387 million for Chicago schools, as opposed to Senate Bill 231 which would change school funding formulas BUT PROVIDE NO REAL MONEY.
SB 2048 includes $700 million for a new Equity Grant for poorer schools and no school district would receive less money next school year than it received this school year.
SB 2048 now goes to the Illinois State Senate for consideration and votes. Governor Rauner has already threatened to veto SB 2048 as it contains spending but no increase in taxes to pay for the spending.
PLEASE THANK THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED TO FUND SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS PROVIDING SERVICES TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES.
PLEASE URGE YOUR STATE SENATOR TO SUPPORT SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS.