School funding overhaul fails
UPDATE: Bill passes in second attempt.
An education funding overhaul has failed in the Illinois House, leaving money for more than 800 districts uncertain.
Lawmakers voted 46-61 Monday on a plan that would have provided general state aid to districts for the first time this academic year. The measure needed 71 yes votes.
Legislators have been unable to agree on a way to fund schools. The plan debated Monday was hammered out by legislative leaders in closed-door meetings. It would’ve increased money for all districts and created a $75 million tax credit program for people who donate to private school scholarships.
Many Democrats and some Republicans opposed the tax credit. Other lawmakers said the measure was a “bailout” for Chicago schools and spent money Illinois doesn’t have.
Lawmakers were meeting in private Monday night to try to determine next steps.