Chicago school funding is sticking point.

The state’s elected leaders agree a deal is needed to ensure all schools can open and stay open, but differ on how much to give to Chicago Public Schools.

Republicans are pushing for a standalone K-12 school funding measure that gives more money to schools than they received last year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner said he worries the deal will be held up by Democrats seeking a bailout of Chicago Public Schools. Rauner opposes that and says CPS has received extra money every year.

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“Despite that $260 million state-funded advantage that CPS has gotten and no other school district has, CPS has refused to fund their own pensions for years, they’ve kicked the can down the road,” Rauner said.

Rauner says the GOP proposal gives more money to all schools, including Chicago, despite a decrease in enrollment.

The Associated Press reports Senate Democrats plan to propose increasing school funding by $750 million with $286 million more for CPS.

Chicago picks up most of the cost for its teachers' pension contributions.

During a forum Monday at the City Club of Chicago, Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, said pension funding would be fair if the state helped fund CPS pensions as it does for other districts in the state. She went back and forth with Republican state Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, who called for leveling the playing field in other education categories.

“I could be for that too if we had Chicago block grant parity, if we had third-party contract parity,” Sandack said.

“We’ll trade,” Currie said.

“If we had P.E. parity,” Sandack said.

“We’ll trade,” Currie said.

“If we had driver’s ed parity,” Sandack said.

Sandack said most legislation in Springfield gets inappropriately boiled down to legislation that’s either for or against Chicago.

Rauner has said state taxpayers shouldn't have to bail out Chicago's financially mismanaged school district.

Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield Wednesday. 

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