August 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  – State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recent veto of Senate Bill 1, the plan to fix Illinois’ broken funding formula:

“With his veto, the governor once again showed that he does not care about the students of Illinois. The governor was on the record saying that he agreed with 90 percent of the bill, but for some reason that was not enough for him. He continues to move the goal posts and is using our students and their education as pawns in his political games. 

“Senate Bill 1 was a negotiated bill between Democrats, Republicans, school administrators and education advocates. The measure was a result of years of hard work from lawmakers from across the state to ensure that all of our children have the chance of a better future.

“Funding directed under Senate Bill 1 will go to school districts with the greatest financial need, including Chicago Public Schools, rural downstate school districts and...

July 1, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – At a time when Chicago students are denied educational opportunities available to wealthier suburban students located just a few miles away, state Rep. Juliana Stratton helped pass legislation that will provide $300 million in additional education funding for local students and create a fair, equitable system for providing more support to every public school in the state. 

“Education is the next chapter in the civil rights movement,” said Stratton. “Yet while our current education funding system should create opportunity and equality, it sustains adversity and inequality by largely denying children of color the education funding they need to succeed.”

The Stratton-backed Senate Bill 1 would for the first time provide Chicago schools with equitable funding, by increasing state support by $300 million annually. Most importantly, the new formula sends more money to schools with a higher percentage of students in poverty, English language learners and special needs s...

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