Illinois Governor Supporting Mandate Relief Legislation

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SPRINGFIELD -  Governor Bruce Rauner is supporting legislation he says would save Illinois public schools more than $200 million through unfunded mandate relief.

The legislation eliminates restrictions on third-party contracting, which the governor says eases limitations and financial pressures on school districts. This type of mandate relief is already provided to Chicago Public Schools. The legislation extends this relief to every school district in Illinois. In addition, the governor's office says it eases the requirement on schools to offer drivers education and physical education classes.

Third-party contracting relief, drivers education mandate relief and physical education mandate relief are three of the 27 proposals from the Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.

"School district unfunded mandates drive up property taxes and limit local control," Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti said. "As a mother of three, I think local school districts and parents should be deciding what's best for our children, not Springfield. We need to give the power and flexibility back to local communities and parents, and this bill does just that."

Governor Rauner says Illinois school districts have been forced to comply with nearly 150 unfunded mandates in the past 25 years, with the General Assembly enacting more than 135 unfunded mandates in the last 15 years.

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