Swanson sees alternate school funding bill as three times better
Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) is counting on Gov. Bruce Rauner to give students in his district a much better school experience than what is proposed under the Senate's current education funding bill, SB1.
“Under SB1, Mercer County Schools would receive about $3.6 million; under our bill, SB1124, $3.9 million -- a difference of almost $300,000," Swanson said on radio station WRMJ. "Per student, that’s $111 vs. $330 per student. It’s almost three times as much money per student.”
Swanson said he supports Rauner's vow to use an amendatory veto on SB1 to strip it of what he sees as being overly favorable to Chicago schools.
“I side with the people within the district,” Swanson said. “…SB1 sends $495 million of additional money to Chicago schools, but only about 19 percent of all students go to Chicago. That $495 million represents 64 percent of all new funds. Not very equitable, sending 64 percent of new funds to a school district of 19 percent of all students in Illinois. We proposed Senate Bill 1124, and I think that’s what the governor, in his amendatory veto, will somewhat try and correct SB1 to look like.”
Swanson sad that Sherrard schools would see an increase of approximately $90,000 under SB1124.