Setting the record straight on education funding
Jun 28, 2016 1:00 AM -
We were not surprised when we saw Gov. Rauner's editorial on June 22, once again admonishing Democrats for trying to fix a broken and outdated education funding system that has been in place since 1997. He likes to say that it was "our" formula and that we are only trying now to fix it because we want to bail out Chicago Public Schools. This is the same CPS that the governor has said made him cry because of the terrible conditions the students are learning in. The schools he called "crumbling prisons." You know how to fix that? Improving education funding. And this is not just a Chicago problem. The truth is, CPS is no different from any other school district that has been hurt by years of cuts under an inequitable education funding system. The governor is trying to pit school districts across the state against one another, but they are not falling for that tactic. Equitable school funding is not a "Chicago bailout" any more than it is a Taylorville bailout, Peoria bailout, East Moline bailout, or Harrisburg bailout. Districts across the state are united, not divided, over this issue, and the Governor's rhetoric will not change that. They want him to be the governor for the entire state, and that includes high-need school districts like Elgin, Pana, Aurora, East St. Louis, Vandalia, Sandoval, and -- yes -- Chicago.