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Manar: Rauner ‘education plan’ fails 406K Illinois children, perpetuates winners and losers

manar fix 051717Analysis confirms Rauner plan will perpetuate system of winners and losers

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement regarding the release of the state’s analysis of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s suggested changes to Senate Bill 1:

“Gov. Rauner's numbers clearly show that his plan to fund schools is a failure. Everything you need to know about it can be found in the headline of his press release: that it would send money to almost every school district in Illinois. In fact, 406,000 Illinois children statewide would receive less money under the Rauner plan.

"Senate Bill 1 was carefully crafted to ensure no school districts lose funding and that all schools are lifted into adequacy over time so that all students, regardless of where they live or their personal learning needs, have a fair shot at receiving the best education Illinois can offer. Gov. Rauner can't say the same about his plan.

”Underfunded schools in Illinois don't need a Red Bull. They need sustainable nourishment. A temporary boost in funding won't solve this problem. Senate Bill 1 provides long-term stability and certainty in our pursuit of adequacy and equity in public education.

"The most glaring omission from Gov. Rauner's spreadsheets is what happens to these school districts in the out years once his provisions kick in that pit schools against economic development. Hundreds of districts would see a significant loss of state funding, and property owners would shoulder tax hikes as a result of the state shifting costs onto school districts under the Rauner plan.

"I expect these late-breaking numbers from the administration will change few hearts and minds. In my view, there is no question that Senate Bill 1 is the path forward for Illinois. I look forward to the Senate proceeding with its vote to override Gov. Rauner.”