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Rep. Batinick files bill to ensure all schools open on time

Mark Batinick
Mark Batinick

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, filed a bill on Wednesday which would fund elementary and secondary schools at last year's spending levels.

This would make sure all Illinois public schools open on time for the new school year, according to a press release from Batinick's office.

“Time is of the essence,” Batinick said in the release. “School children and teachers should not be used as pawns in a manufactured crisis over school funding.”

The release goes on to say the fight over $571 million in new education spending in Senate Bill 1 would be left to fight another day.

SB1 was amendatory vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner and on Sunday, the Senate overrode his veto. The House of Representatives has yet to act on the bill, but on Wednesday voted 60-0 against legislation which encompassed Rauner's changes. There were 33 “present” votes cast.

“All sides in the school funding reform debate have agreed to a hold harmless that protects every school district by maintaining last year's level of state aid,” Batinick said. “We should pass this bill now to ensure schools open on time and continue to work on addressing the inequities in our school funding system moving forward.”

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