SPRINGFIELD, Ill. --Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to focus on improving Illinois schools and offering "quality school choice options" for low-income students.
Rauner said during his State of the State speech Wednesday he wants to direct more money to elementary and high school classrooms and early childhood education. He also says he wants to hold schools "truly accountable for results."
The Republican has been a big supporter of charter schools, which typically are not unionized and which some Democrats oppose. Rauner and his wife also have donated significant money to help Chicago Public Schools.
But reforming Illinois schools wasn't a big emphasis of Rauner's first year in office.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton has said overhauling the way Illinois funds schools to make it more equitable is a top 2016 priority.