SPRINGFIELD–State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) filed legislation today to fund elementary and secondary education at last year’s spending levels to ensure all Illinois public schools open on-time for the new school year, leaving for another day the fight over $571 million in new education spending contained in Senate Bill 1, legislation that was partially vetoed by the Governor but which the House of Representatives has yet to act upon.
Rep. Batinick’s legislation, House Bill 4085, was filed with the House Clerk today. “Time is of the essence,” Rep. Batinick said. “Schoolchildren and teachers should not be used as pawns in a manufactured crisis over school funding. My bill, if allowed to be debated and voted on, would pass quickly with broad bipartisan support. No school district would lose funding. 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. 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.”
Please contact Rep. Batinick’s office at (815) 254-0000 for questions or more information.
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