Casey superintendent takes schools' side in funding fight
Dee Scott isn't so much concerned about whether the Republicans or Democrats get their way on school funding, she just wants schools to receive the funds they've been promised, according to a statement.
"I support fair funding for all students in Illinois,” Scott, the superintendent of Casey-Westfield Community Unit School District 4C, wrote. “And that needs to happen immediately. It is discouraging to listen to the House currently and hear them all making speeches instead of taking action on school funding.”
Scott made her statement prior to Monday's vote by the House to approve SB1947, which came together over the weekend through the work of the leaders of the House and Senate. Just prior to the vote on SB1947, the House rejected an override attempt on Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the original school funding plan, Senate Bill 1.
“There is good and bad in SB1 and in Rauner's AV of SB1," Scott said in her statement. "I'm not sure either of them will pass and then where are our students? I'm weary of our politicians holding students hostage instead of funding schools."
The state cannot release any education funding until an evidence-based model is in place, thanks to a provision in the budget passed in July.
The Senate is expected to vote on SB1947 on Tuesday.