Decatur schools can operate into fall without state money

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Decatur, Ill (WAND) – If the state does not provide the necessary funding Decatur Public Schools will still be able to open in August.  But the money could run out in the fall.

“It’s very important that action is taken and we get this legislation passed,” School Superintendent Dr. Paul Fregeau told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  “We’re looking at maybe being able to run through October, maybe early November, if we don’t get any funding.”

The legislature approved school funding when it passed a budget last week.  But it required a new school funding formula be approved before the money is released. 

Governor Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto the funding formula saying it is a bailout for Chicago schools.  He could use an amendatory veto that would take Chicago schools out of the bill allowing downstate schools to operate.

School districts around the state have been urging the governor to sign the full measure into law.

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