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ISBE: Joliet, Plainfield and Valley View schools to receive more money under Rauner plan

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to the Herald-News Editorial Board on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, about his decision to amendment veto Senate Bill 1.
Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to the Herald-News Editorial Board on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, about his decision to amendment veto Senate Bill 1.

An analysis by the independent State Board of Education finds more than 97 percent of Illinois schools will receive more state money under Gov. Bruce Rauner's amended funding reform plan than under the Democrats' Senate Bill 1.

This includes Plainfield School District 202, Joliet School District 86 and Valley View School District 365U as ten of the top beneficiaries.

According to the data, Plainfield School District 202 would receive $7.9 million more net dollars than under the Democrat's plan in SB1. Joliet District 86 would receive more than $4.1 million more net and Valley View 365U would receive more than $4 million more net. Joliet Township High School District 204 would get more than $1.5 million more net.

Chicago Public Schools would receive by far the biggest cut at more than $460 million net, but the Illinois News Network reported the governor's office clarified it would make up about $220 million a year more to Chicago teacher pensions in separate legislation. The ISBE analysis was released Saturday to the governor's office and the majority of Democrats in the General Assembly.

The state Senate is expected to return to regular session on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the intention of taking action on education funding. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said education funding is a priority and he remains optimistic there is a path to "reasonable compromise."

If the Senate successfully overrides the governor's veto, it will then head to the House of Representatives, which will meet Wednesday.

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