Rauner Aide Says She Opposes Democrats' School Funding Plan

May 17, 2017

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's chief education adviser says the governor won't support an overhaul of the Illinois school-funding formula if it benefits Chicago Public Schools "at the expense" of others.

The Illinois Senate approved legislation Wednesday aimed at eliminating the disparity in spending between affluent school districts and those serving poorer communities. Similar legislation has been introduced in the House.

Both Democratic proposals would establish a funding target for each school district that reflects the needs of its students.

The measures also allow CPS to continue receiving millions in grants and requires the state to begin covering some of the districts' pension costs. Illinois pays those costs for other districts.

Beth Purvis is Rauner's education secretary. She says Rauner won't support any "special" deals for CPS.