Davidsmeyer calls for equal distribution of public school funds
Downstate Illinois students are just as deserving of school funding as those in Chicago, Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) said recently in applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner decision to call legislators back to Springfield to come up with a more equitable education bill and pass it on to him.
“It has been fifty-four days since Illinois Senate Democrats passed Senate Bill 1, their version of school funding reform that they are currently holding hostage,” Davidsmeyer said, according to a press release. “It is past-time for Chicago to work with the rest of the state to ensure that the funding formula is used to provide equal education throughout Illinois, not play favorites with those in the city."
SB1 has passed both houses but is being held by Democrats who fear Gov. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto to strip it of provisions said to be favorable to Chicago Public Schools.
“While Chicago Public Schools have only 19% of the students in Illinois, SB1 would give them 64% of the new education funds,” Davidsmeyer said, according to the release. “This is unfair to students and teachers throughout the 100th District. Whether you’re a student in Jersey or Pike County, or a student in Chicago, the level of support should be the same. I’m ready to pass a funding formula that is fair to all students, paid in full and on time. All of our kids deserve better!”