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CTU VP on Rauner veto: 'In the governor’s mind, nothing can be saved unless he’s able to destroy it first'

CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of school funding legislation to allow more schools to take advantage of taxpayers and their money for a school voucher scheme:

“Bruce Rauner has a weird notion of fairness. First, he vetoed the state’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which included additional funding for public schools, and also vetoed revenue to end the budget crisis. He attacked the bill on school funding reform—which would drive dollars to districts and students that need them the most—and called it a ‘bailout,’ even though students in Chicago are among the neediest in the state with some of the highest class sizes, ratios of students to social workers and fewest enrichment opportunities. And when he took too much political heat for holding the state’s more than two million public school students hostage for his anti-worker, anti-woman agenda, he said he would support changes only if they included a scam that funnels public dollars to private schools and massive tax breaks to billionaires like himself.

“In his latest take on fairness, the governor has held up a technical bill—that his own appointed Illinois State Board of Education needed to implement the new funding law—to ‘save’ three dozen additional private schools by giving them a crack at the public money trough.

“It’s no surprise that he’s running more nauseating television commercials touting this scam as his signature achievement. I guess in the governor’s mind, nothing can be saved unless he’s able to destroy it first.”

Chicago Teachers Union