Following yesterday’s statement from Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren that his schools will open on time, Evanston Township High School Superintendent Eric Witherspoon said today that his school will open on time as well, on Aug. 28.
The ETHS chief said that, although he is “very disappointed” that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the school funding bill, “our taxpayers are already required to provide most of our funding.”
Nevertheless, Witherspoon reiterated that “the failure of Illinois to approve an equitable funding formula will ultimately hurt all Illinois schools, all Illinois students.”
The governor’s amendatory veto of millions of dollars for the Chicago Public School system, Witherspoon said, means that the real losers will be the students, “and many of those students have great needs.”
Because Illinois ranks last in funding for schools, Witherspoon said, “allocating some additional funding for schools would be an important step forward.”