Newark superintendent calls for school funding based on results, not location
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) should not get a pension bailout, but no state school should be rewarded for failing its students, the superintendent of Lisbon Community Consolidated School District #90 contends.
“If you review the cost to educate students at CPS vs. most of the rest of the state, CPS wastes a huge amount of tax dollars,” Michael Rustman said in a statement. "Any bailout of CPS should fall on that district, not on other districts within the state. “
Rustman said that although he is against Senate Bill 1, the state's K-12 funding measure, as it was originally written -- with the CPS 'bailout' in place -- he also doesn't see a good solution in Gov. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of the bill, which strips it of the Chicago additions.
“I don’t support either resolution, as both provide dollars to school districts that are not performing well either academically or financially,” Rustman said. “I feel districts should be paid on results rather than location.”
Rustman's district is in Newark, approximately 60 miles outside of Chicago.
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