Lawmakers accused of catering to Chicago schools, ignoring downstate
The Daily Herald accused the General Assembly of favoring Chicago's schools at the expense of all others in lllinois in a recent editorial.
“Chicago Democrats used the issue as a means to maneuver a bailout of the mismanaged Chicago Public Schools system that for years has wildly overspent while overpromising its powerful unions,” the online newspaper said. “Unfortunately, many Democratic legislators from the suburbs shamefully went along.”
Senate Bill 1, which the publication's editorial board said will almost certainly be vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, was intended to address the inequities in Illinois’ current school funding allocation system. The board agreed that reform is necessary and that school funding is an important issue that affects all Illinoisans, but contended that the bill as passed does not actually address the issue.
“Seven out of every 10 dollars created in that 'reform' would go to those schools,” the publication said. “There would be little left to increase equity for the state's many other under-resourced school systems. No wonder downstate Illinois views Chicago with anathema. School funding reform is needed in Illinois. But it needs to be real reform and it needs to be fair. We heartily await the governor's veto.”