Lawmakers need to work quickly to find common ground on a compromise to fund schools, after Senate Democrats voted to override the Governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, according to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).
“A negotiated, compromise bill is the only way forward,” said Barickman. “My goal remains the same as it has always been, to put together a bipartisan school funding reform bill that can be signed into law; a bill that fairly funds all schools.”
The state’s current budget contains a requirement that an evidence-based school funding model be enacted for much of the K-12 dollars to be distributed to schools. Senate Bill 1 contained an evidence-based model, but was vetoed by the Governor due to the hundreds of millions of dollars in special deals the legislation would give to Chicago. On Sunday, August 13, the Illinois Senate voted to override Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1 by a mostly party-line vote. With the House not expected to pass an override motion, the legislation is likely dead.
Senator Barickman is one of four Republican negotiators appointed to work on a compromise solution, but despite promises of a deal, Democrats have refused to commit to any type of agreement.
“Democrats repeatedly walked away from negotiations this spring and again this summer. The time for these games is over,” said Barickman. “Schools across this state are preparing to open for the fall, and we need negotiating partners who are operating in good faith so that we can make sure our schools remain open.”