Some state legislators and local school administrators are hoping to change the dialogue in Springfield regarding state funding.
In particular, state Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said during a press conference Monday with area school superintendents and administrators in Peru Parkside School that she wants to get rid of the idea that suburban and downstate schools are getting a “free lunch” on Chicago tax dollars, as some legislative leaders have argued.
“We believe it’s Chicago that’s getting the free lunch,” she said.
Rezin said she doesn’t want to inflame relations between the Chicago Public Schools system and the rest of the state, but she doesn’t want to see downstate and suburban schools lose funding because of assumptions and rhetoric that don’t necessarily hold up once one scratches “below the surface of the data.”
In particular, she pointed to a new report by the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus that found that despite accounting for just 18 percent of the students in the state, Chicago Public Schools receive considerably larger percentages of funding across multiple funding categories.
“The state has been super-sizing (Chicago’s) lunch,” she said. More…