Senate Democrats voted this week to override the governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1. Senate Republicans remain open to bipartisan negotiations on a new proposal that will deliver the necessary and equitable funding many school districts seek.
Senate Bill 1 in its current form allocates millions of extra dollars to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), at the expense of every other school district. Senate Republicans believe that an evidence-based model (EBM) should treat all schools fairly, as well as create true parity. All 852 Illinois school districts should be treated the same, which is the definition of parity.
Republicans remain committed to working toward true compromise, and stand ready each and every day to find a solution that will ensure Illinois schools are treated fairly and equitably, as well as remain open.