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The Majority Report 08/04/17 - Governor's SB 1 veto puts all Illinois children at risk


Sen. Andy ManarRauner wages war on public education with SB1 veto

From punishing schools for enrollment declines to penalizing them for their communities' aggressive job-creation efforts, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner appears to be lining up an all-out assault on Illinois' long-standing commitment to public education.

And most of the unwitting victims in this battle are school districts that already are underfunded by the state of Illinois and struggling with growing numbers of impoverished students and other challenges.

"What Gov. Rauner outlined in his veto of Senate Bill 1 this week would cause the state to pull back from its investment in public education at historic levels and starve public schools everywhere," said Senator Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat and a longtime school funding reform advocate. Manar is the chief Senate sponsor of Senate Bill 1.

"This was never about a so-called ‘Chicago bailout.' This is about Bruce Rauner seizing upon an opportunity to get what he wanted all along: divestment in public education and shifting costs onto local taxpayers."

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In the News
State Journal-Register: Manar: Rauner waging assault on public education
Crain's Chicago Business: How does Rauner's veto affect your schools?
WTAX Radio: Manar: Any downstater who reads SB1 veto will hate it
The Associated Press: Democrats blast governor's rewrite of school funding bill 


Morrison continues efforts to reform troubled DCFS agency

Sens. Julie Morrison, Mattie Hunter, Daniel BissWith continued high-profile failures at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), State Senator Julie Morrison, a Deerfield Democrat, is continuing her efforts to reform the troubled agency that is tasked with protecting neglected and abused Illinois children.

"When our system fails a child, it is a reflection on all of us," Morrison said. "Simply blaming DCFS for their failures will not enact the change this agency so desperately needs. We will use what we learn to make sure we have not just policies but practices that ensure DCFS will protect children in Illinois."

Morrison held a hearing recently that focused on 17-month-old Semaj Crosby, who was found dead in late April in her Joliet-area home. The death of Semaj uncovered a host of failures and questionable practices at DCFS, including reports of an incentive program for case workers who closed the most cases in a month.

"We need change, and I'm calling for immediate reforms for the frontline workers who interact with and investigate these at-risk children. And I also am urging all my colleagues in the General Assembly to join in the work of reforming this agency," Morrison said. "We need monumental change. That means we must work together."

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In case you missed it

Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins, Chicago: Rauner vetoes education funding bill, removes $250 million for CPS (CBS Chicago)

Senator Dave Koehler, Peoria: Governor Rauner signs amendatory veto for school funding bill (CIproud.com)

Senator Heather Steans, Chicago: The recreational marijuana legalization debate in Illinois (NPR Illinois)


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