The Chicago Public Schools would reportedly lose $74 million in state aid under an education funding plan unveiled by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday.
Rauner's proposal calls for increasing school funding by $55 million, plus an extra $75 million for early childhood education.
CPS CEO Forrest Claypool criticized Rauner's plan today, telling reporters, "The funding formula he defends makes no sense. If you're a wealthy district you gain, if you're a poor district you lose."
The proposed funding drop for CPS is partly connected to student enrollment. The Rauner administration claims that CPS would see a larger cut of $189 million through the education funding method favored by Democrats.
However, Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery blasted the plan for investing in "the same broken formula" that has plagued the state's public education system:
For the first time in several years, the General Assembly is having a meaningful conversation about school funding, but Governor Rauner's proposal only distracts from that serious debate. Let's be clear: the Governor has not put forth a real education funding reform plan. He merely suggested putting slightly more money into the same broken formula without addressing the core need for fairness or adequacy. His proposal further demonstrates the flaws of the current system where students in dire need would face more cuts if nothing changes.
We'd be foolish to think this is a silver bullet, especially coming from a Governor who is presiding over an epic collapse of social services and higher education because he refuses to ask the wealthy to pay their fair share. The same schools Rauner claims he wants to help are the center of the communities he is hurting. With limited resources, teachers and school staff are doing their best to educate students whose families are losing the support they need today and the college educations they want tomorrow.