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IL Governor calls lawmakers to Springfield for special session

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Frankfort, IL elementary school (Source: Hank Cavagnaro/KFVS) Frankfort, IL elementary school (Source: Hank Cavagnaro/KFVS)
SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois lawmakers will be heading back to Springfield to work on Senate Bill 1.

Senate Bill 1 is the school funding reform bill.

Governor Bruce Rauner wants to amend the bill to remove the Chicago Public Schools' pension bailout that is included in the bill.

Democrats have been holding this bill since May 31. Our families and students cannot wait any longer,” Gov. Rauner said. “We must act now, which is why I’m calling lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session. Our schools must open on time.”

One Illinois school official is ready for politics to stop getting in the way of our children's education. The Superintendent of the Frankfort CUSD, Matt Donklin, says that the district is preparing for the school year to start as normal.

"If this state and these children are in this together and we are concerned about their education across the board then we need to stop playing these rivalry games and get something done," said Donklin. "All of us in school leadership are watching very closely trying to not over commit ourselves financially." 

If classes fail to start Donklin says that extra circulars such as sports and band will also not happen.

Speaker Michael Madigan issued a statement about the special session on Tuesday:

“Throughout three years of the governor’s budget crisis, we saw very clearly that political theater is not a substitute for real leadership. By calling a special session while he refuses to negotiate and even says ‘there’s nothing to discuss,’ the governor is continuing to create a crisis that pits one child against another.

The governor knows very well that the education funding reform bill in question is not in the House, and members of the House cannot take positive action on the governor’s call until it is in our chamber, especially as he refuses to even detail the changes he would like.

Governor Rauner, however, can take action. Instead of simply paying lip service to how desperately Illinois’ schools, educators, students and property taxpayers need education funding reform, he can put aside his veto threats and sign a bill he is on record as supporting 90 percent of. Instead of playing political games with our children’s education, he can agree to sign a bill that fixes one the most inequitable funding formulas in the country. I urge the governor to stand with us in choosing reform over a status quo that is failing our students.”   

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