Illinois Governor To Block Chicago Schools' Funding Boost

Illinois Governor To Block Chicago Schools’ Funding Boost

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Monday he intends to block money earmarked for Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) teacher pensions under recent legislation because he feels it is too much of a “bailout” for a badly managed system. The bill, which revamps Illinois’ school funding system, was passed in May by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly, which has yet to send it to the Republican governor for approval. That would result in a cut of nearly half of a $293 million funding boost for state aid and pensions CPS would receive in the legislation, freeing up $145 million for other school districts, according to funding data posted on Rauner’s website.


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