The latest on Senate Bill 1 – A Bad Deal for Kids, Parents, Taxpayers

The Illinois House of Representatives is back in Springfield for special session today, as Democrats are expected to finally send the controversial education funding bill (Senate Bill 1) to the Governor’s desk, after sitting on it since May 31.

This article explains why Chicago politicians are hijacking the school funding bill to give property-wealthy Chicago more money. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is broke and it is getting worse, not better. CPS has been mismanaged for decades. Senate Bill 1 bails them out. The article linked above explains how CPS taxpayers are getting taken to the cleaners. 

We should all be concerned for another reason. Check out this headline from the Illinois News Network: Education funding bill sets up another tax increase, lawmaker warns. You can click that headline to read the article, or click HERE. The last thing Illinois families need is yet another tax increase.

Here is another good article, where the author rightly calls out the need for school choice legislation, an issue I have championed and led on since I first came to Springfield in 2013. The author outlines two guiding principles: “First, make sure taxpayer money is focused on what’s best for students, not institutions. Second, liberate families by providing equal access to quality education.” We should all be able to get behind those principles.

The bottom line is this – the new money for CPS under Senate Bill 1 would go to service their pensions and debt, NOT into the classroom. Senate Bill 1 is not about improving education and outcomes in Chicago, or any school in Illinois for that matter. It is a bailout for CPS’ pension debt. It is clear to everyone that CPS has been grossly mismanaged for decades, and now they want Illinois taxpayers to foot the bill. Senate Bill 1 is not the answer. The bill is overly-complex. If you change one metric for one school district in the bill, it changes the funding for every other school district in Illinois.

Lastly, I filed a resolution last month, HJR 69, to investigate and report back on property tax assessment and other tax policies that adversely affect property owners across the state. To learn more about my proposal, please click HERE. I currently have more than two dozen bipartisan co-sponsors on this.

Please stay tuned. I will keep you informed as developments occur on this and other state issues.

Jeanne

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