Mary Rita responds to Gov. Rauner's amendatory veto of SB 1
In addition to announcing her candidacy for the 17th district state representative seat on August 1, Mary Rita Luecke issued the following statement in response to the amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1 by Governor Bruce Rauner:
I am appalled by the short-sighted, politically motivated veto of the historic evidence-based school funding formula passed this spring in the Illinois General Assembly. This was a bipartisan agreement in which advocates, experts, and representatives from the diverse geographic regions of the state came together to agree on an evidence-based methodology to distribute state funding to thousands of public schools. The new formula in SB 1 would help the state’s neediest school districts while ensuring that every school district in the state, including those in Evanston, Skokie, Glenview, Morton Grove and Wilmette, would receive at least as much as they would receive under the current formula.
The passage of the SB1 is an incredible accomplishment, which the governor’s own staff has said is 90% of what he wanted. Turning down a 90% win is extremely disappointing and especially discouraging following the public's relief in the bipartisan compromise resulting in the passage of revenue and state spending bills in early July.
Mary Rita is running for state representative as an advocate for children, parents, teachers, and school districts. She served for two terms on the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 school board, including two years as president. During this time she represented this district on EDRED, the north suburban inter-district s advocacy organization that monitors and actively influences education policy at the Illinois Statehouse, and became familiar with the needs and political challenges of state funding for school districts.