Rauner Releases Education Plan

Sep 9, 2014

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner outlined an education reform plan Monday that touched on teacher merit pay, overhauling
tenure and changing the state's school funding formal, but the proposal didn't contain specifics on what exactly he would change or how he would accomplish
them.
 
 The venture capitalist said his ideas would help create ``world class schools''
and he vowed to increase school funding in the first year if he wins office
without raising the income tax or property taxes. He said he wanted to change
the teacher tenure system, but wasn't advocating doing away with it.  
 
 Rauner, seeking his first run for public office, is trying to unseat Democratic
Gov. Pat Quinn. It's expected to be one of the most competitive governor's races
nationwide.
 
 ``The state government in Springfield is hostile to school reform,'' he said a
news conference with his wife, Diana Rauner, who runs the Ounce of Prevention
Fund.
 
 His other ideas included lifting the cap on charter schools, tax credits for
teachers who spend their own money on school supplies and consolidating
school-related agencies. The 26-page plan did not outline details on which
agencies would be consolidated or how he wanted to proceed.  
 
 Quinn's lieutenant governor running mate Paul Vallas, a former Chicago Public
Schools CEO, deemed the plan ``reckless'' and ``irresponsible.''
 
 Dan Montgomery, the president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers,
questioned if the plan would strip teachers of their rights.