State aid checks to schools delayed – ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The state is making history again, but not in a good way. For the first time ever, schools did not get their general state aid payment. It’s because of the gridlock between Republicans and Democrats on the new school funding formula.
“So, just when we didn’t think it could get any worse, it has,” said Superintendent of Rochester Schools Tom Bertrand.
Big checks which were supposed to be on their desks and many other across the state, but for the first time ever, are not there.
“Not having any general state aid, or the thought of that, is a little disconcerting for school districts and worrisome,” said Superintendent of Springfield Schools Jennifer Gill.
But, some cash did make its way to their doors. Comptroller Susana Mendoza distributed $429 million in overdue payments to all school districts. However, the money can only be used for certain categories like transportation or special education.
“It’s not all things equal, but at least it’s something that will help relieve the pressure on us from other accounts as we do away until we reach a decision that would lead to general state aid.”
With Governor Rauner, recent veto on Senate Bill One, superintendents say it’s turning into deja-vu all over again.
“This is historic funding reform and that doesn’t come easily. It’s been…