Sen. McConnaughay response to the Senate’s vote on Senate Bill 1
In response to the Illinois Senate’s August 13 vote to advance Senate Bill 1 to the House of Representatives, State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) issued the following statement:
“Senate Bill 1 is a partisan school funding plan that directs hundreds of millions of dollars to one school district, Chicago Public Schools, at the expense of students in Kane, McHenry and throughout the state. I did not support Senate Bill 1 when it passed in May, and I still do not believe Senate Bill 1 is the best we can do for the state’s 852 school districts.
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact school funding reform that treats all districts and students fairly, regardless of their ZIP code. Lawmakers were making significant headway on a compromise proposal in May before negotiations were abruptly halted. I know all my colleagues recognize the critical importance of this issue. There is still time for us to come together in support of a bipartisan plan that represents true equity for all of our children.”
Senator McConnaughay is a member of the Senate Education Committee and was a member of the bipartisan, bicameral Illinois School Funding Reform Commission. The commission was charged with providing a framework the General Assembly could use to reform the state’s current school funding formula, which is considered by many to be the most inequitable in the nation.