Mendoza sends schools long-overdue cash as state misses first scheduled payment

Mendoza sends schools long-overdue cash as state misses first scheduled payment

Mendoza sends schools long-overdue cash as state misses first scheduled payment

Senate Bill 1, establishing an "evidence-based model" for K-12 school funding, was sent back to the legislature by Gov. Bruce Rauner as he employed an amendatory veto to remove what he termed a "bailout" for Chicago Public Schools.

The superintendents, who were mostly from poorer districts, say they are concerned about the impact on school funding due to the amendatory veto.

The State Comptroller is sending $429 million in mandated Categorical grants.

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Mendoza's action means schools might have a little extra padding during a time of uncertainty, but it's money that districts have been owed since March.

The comptroller's office said schools received about $244 million twice a month in state aid in fiscal 2017, which ended June 30.

Under the new law, IL residents who are at least 16 years old can join the First Person Consent Organ and Tissue donor registry when they receive their driver's license or state ID cards. She called on lawmakers to override Rauner's veto, which was created to cut money set aside for CPS but would also mean less money for hundreds of other school districts in the future. "We've got the Illinois State Board of Education, which is a neutral scoring agency on this, still looking at numbers of the amendatory veto and so we are all sitting here guessing", said Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, during the hearing.

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"As soon as he received the bill, Gov. Rauner acted quickly to ensure the school funding formula is fair and equitable to every child in IL", said Laurel Patrick, a representative with the governor's office.

Meanwhile, the state Senate is scheduled to return to Springfield on Sunday for a potential override vote of the governor's vetp.

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