“Not only is the funding source not sustainable, it actually results in schools having less money over the long term.” ~Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, on the governor’s plan to fund schools through the sale of the state lottery.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich unleashed a storm of controversy when he unveiled his scheme to sell the state’s lottery for $10 billion to raise more money for schools. But the proposal seems to have alienated lawmakers as well as education activists, who are already dismissing it and looking toward the November midterm elections with the goal of reviving a push for school funding reform. Veto session may bring action on school construction, school closings.
As the Illinois General Assembly races toward an April adjournment so lawmakers can hit the campaign trail before the November election, serious talk about education funding reform has been put on the back burner until 2007.