August 24, 2018
To the Honorable Members of
The Illinois House of Representatives,
100th General Assembly:
Today I veto House Bill 5175 from the 100th
General Assembly, which, per my veto message earlier this year, would eliminate
an appeals process for certain denial or closure decisions affecting charter
school applicants and operators.
legislation was vetoed in February, 2018, and still represents bad public
policy. The Charter School Commission remains a proper venue to appeal these
decisions of local school boards before sending parties to court, and the
Commission has a history of thoughtfully evaluating appeals to ensure that all
Illinois children have access to a high-quality education.
Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article
IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return House Bill 5175,
entitled “AN ACT concerning education,” with the foregoing objections, vetoed
in its entirety.