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Funding being withheld from Illinois school districts

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Macomb Superintendent Patrick Twomey said many rural schools will have to make a difficult choice. Macomb Superintendent Patrick Twomey said many rural schools will have to make a difficult choice.
Twomey added that with more funding, his district could fund learning programs. Twomey added that with more funding, his district could fund learning programs.
The new funding formula would be evidence based. The new funding formula would be evidence based.
Governor Rauner is expected to issue and amendatory veto. Governor Rauner is expected to issue and amendatory veto.
Twomey said bipartisanship should be a no-brainer. Twomey said bipartisanship should be a no-brainer.
MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

The state may have passed a budget nearly two weeks ago, but the Macomb School District says that money is yet to arrive.

While Superintendent Patrick Twomey said on Monday that his district is in good financial shape, some districts may not be so lucky.

"A, we will have some districts that won't be able to open." Twomey said. "B, we'll have many others that will have to close shortly after the school year starts because they just simply won't have the available funds to run their districts."

Even though lawmakers passed a new spending plan for the state, it includes a requirement to distribute school funding through a new method.

So until lawmakers pass a new school funding formula, districts across the state will not be getting their money.

Pat Petersen has a student in the Southeastern School District, and he said something needs to be done.

"There's got to be some accountability somewhere." Petersen said. "And it's got to start at the state level, because the school districts, especially Southeastern, they're doing the best they can with what they have."

The lawmaker's proposal would funnel more money into school districts with less local property wealth, but Governor Bruce Rauner called the plan a bailout for Chicago schools. He wants lawmakers to make big changes, and accused them of squatting on the bill while the clock runs down.

"Send me that education funding bill now today." Rauner said. "Don't wait. Don't sit on it. Don't threaten to hold up schools opening. Don't threaten our teachers."

Twomey added that his district could gain around $150,000 if the new formula is put in place. He said the money could be used for learning programs, and new teachers. 

He thinks bipartisanship on the bill should be a no-brainer.

"This is a piece that I don't think it's going to be a tough sell across the aisles to say that we need to open schools throughout the state." Twomey said.

Governor Rauner is expected to issue an amendatory veto, and democrats warn that a veto could kill the bill, which would result in schools across the state losing funding.

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