Another Open Letter to Governor Rauner
Governor Bruce Rauner
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
June 10, 2016
Dear Governor Rauner,
Blessings to you in the name of Jesus Christ and on behalf of all the United Methodists in the Northern Illinois Conference.
I write with a clear, simple, and emphatic message: for the sake of the children of Illinois, work with the State Legislature to fix the school funding crisis and to pass an adequately-funded state budget now.
You have heard this week from 15 thoughtful Illinois superintendents that the way we are funding K-12 education in Illinois is broken. You have heard the cries of parents across the state who fear schools will not be able to open this fall if funding equity is not approved. You have criticized public schools, and in particular Chicago Public Schools, at a time when evidence from organizations like The Education Trust have shown, “By far the largest gap is in Illinois, where the highest poverty districts receive nearly 20 percent less state and local funding than the lowest poverty districts.” The time is now to fix education funding in Illinois.
Article X, Section 1 of the Illinois State Constitution states in part, “The State shall provide for an efficient system of high quality public educational institutions and services.” It continues on to add, “The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” An efficient, high-quality system requires adequate and equitable funding from the State of Illinois.
It is my fervent and continuing prayer that you and other leaders in our state will put aside partisan politics to find the spirit of selflessness described in Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
God’s peace be with you,
Bishop Sally Dyck
Northern Illinois Conference
United Methodist Church