Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed shifting teacher pension costs from the state to local school districts over the next four years in his latest budget proposal. Taylorville School District Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says many districts won’t be able to eat that kind of new expense in only four years time.
Fuerstenau says the cost shift may be inevitable, but he is calling on a ten-year cost shift. He says under Rauner’s proposed budget, all of the new funds from the school funding reform model would go towards eating the new pension expense.
Fuerstenau says how the proposal is currently constructed just doesn’t make sense.
Fuerstenau appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.