McAuliffe 'proud' to vote for compromise school funding measure
The compromise education funding reform bill that passed the General Assembly will begin to address the inequities in the state’s education system, Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) said in a press release.
“Today (Aug. 28) the Illinois House took a stand in favor of an education funding plan that will increase the funding for all Illinois schools at historic levels,” McAuliffe said in his statement. “The fact that Illinois is home to one of the most unequal funding formulas in our country is disgraceful, so I am encouraged to see compromise in our chamber to ensure that none of our schools are left behind.”
Senate Bill 1947 passed the House and approved by the Senate the following day. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure Aug. 31. The bill introduces an evidence-based funding model and the establishment of a tax credit scholarship program.
“As a representative of a district that has a diverse collection of schools, including CPS, suburban and parochial, I was proud to vote in favor of Senate Bill 1947,” McAuliffe said in his statement. “Regardless of the type of education, this funding plan seeks to ensure that all students receive a quality education. This was a realistic, bipartisan compromise and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in providing an equitable education for all of our state’s students.”