U46 Head Cautiously Optimistic After Rauner’s Budget Speech

Posted on February 19, 2016

Chicago Tribune – February 17, 2016: The head of Illinois’ second-largest school district said Wednesday that he was cautiously optimistic after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget speech called for a full funding of state aid to districts for the first time in seven years.

But School District U46 CEO Tony Sanders said the speech was short on details for exactly how Springfield would fully fund state aid to foundation level when lawmakers haven’t been able to do so in the past.

“I wonder where they’re going to come up with the funding,” Sanders said. “Unless I missed it, I didn’t hear how he was going to pay.”

Rauner on Wednesday said that fully funding state aid was a first step toward reforming the school funding formula.