Saturday, August 27, 2016

Alliance Legislative Report 99-53



GOVERNOR VETOES BILL ON ESP RIGHTS

Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would have granted new rights to educational support personnel (ESP) in school districts in cases of reduction in force (RIF). HB 6299 (Andrade, D-Chicago) provides that if ESPs are dismissed as a result of a RIF and the employee accepts re-employment with the same district, the employee maintains any rights accrued during the previous service with the school district. The Alliance had opposed the bill throughout the legislative session and strongly urged the governor to veto the bill.

The governor, in his veto message, stated that the bill “would impose another mandate on school districts in how they manage their personnel” and that these decisions “should be made at the local level, not mandated by statute.”

The Alliance letter to Governor Rauner can be found here. The governor’s veto message is available here.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 99-53