IFT Response to Governor’s Veto of School Funding Bill

From IFT:

IFT Response to Governor’s Veto of School Funding Bill

WESTMONT, IL – Today, in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery released the following statement.

“Governor Rauner said a few things today with which we agree. He said education is a ‘unifying issue,’ and he is beyond disappointed that it has become a partisan fight. We are too, but let’s not forget that it is Governor Rauner who pits downstate communities against Chicago for his own political gain, while independent fact checkers say there is no truth to his claims. It is Governor Rauner who vetoed a balanced, bipartisan budget to end a two-year crisis of his own making. And it is Governor Rauner who vetoed an education funding bill that would bring more equity and fairness to our schools for the first time in decades, because he ‘only agrees with 90 percent of it.’ Yes, it is disappointing that our children’s future has become divisive, but it is the Governor himself playing politics with their first day of school.”

For more on the IFT’s support of SB1, please read this op-ed by Montgomery and Illinois Education Association President Kathi Griffin in Monday’s State Journal-Register.

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