Schools get some overdue money amid funding standoff

Despite a funding standoff between the Governor and state lawmakers, Illinois schools did receive some money yesterday.
State Comptroller Susana Mendoza sent $429 million dollars in overdue payments to K-thru-12 schools yesterday, providing some relief to cash-strapped districts as they open their doors for a new school year. This particular money can only be used to cover the costs of transportation, special education and other services. The announcement comes on the day that Springfield missed its first general state aid payment to school districts. The Senate is expected to meet this weekend to begin considering overriding the governor’s veto on Senate Bill 1.