Rauner administration prepares to roll out education reform agenda

Nov 2, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner has so far focused his attention on business and union issues, and restructuring state government.  Things like workers' compensation, tort reform and legislative term limits. But what about his education agenda?

Before he was Governor ... Bruce Rauner was a wealthy private equity investor known in some circles for his involvement in education.

There's even a charter school named after him: Chicago's Rauner College Prep. 

He's talked about the importance of scaling back mandates on districts, increasing school funding, support for school choice.

But none of those are included in the handful of requirements he says lawmakers must meet before he'll talk about revenue for the state.

Rauner, a Republican, says that's coming:

"We're actually working on big, big reforms on education. We haven't announced 'em yet, because they're all being formulated. And it's in process. In the coming months, we're going to see some big announcements on things we're going to do to improve education."

While Rauner rejected most of legislators' spending plan -- leaving Illinois without one -- he signed the past that sends state money to elementary and high schools. Universities have gone a quarter of the year without state funding.