State Lawmakers Say Rauner Should Propose School Funding Plan

Feb 9, 2017

Illinois Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to propose legislation based on an education funding reform plan that a commission he convened released last week.

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But Education Secretary Beth Purvis indicated such proposals should come from legislators.

Purvis testified Thursday before the Senate Education Committee about the panel's recommendations on how to fund Illinois schools more equitably. Lawmakers called it a step forward but suggested the governor use it as a framework for legislation to keep proposals from receiving a partisan label.

Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who served on the commission, says he fears the report might join stacks of others in the state Capitol basement without direction from the executive branch.

Democratic Chairwoman Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant clarified that legislation can come from either branch.