Sometimes the worst political scandals happen in plain sight, even if most of the press chooses not to notice. That’s what happened last week in Illinois, where the Democratic union machine ended scholarships for 9,600 low-income children.
The state and national teachers union made it a priority to block an extension of the Invest in Kids program that provided a 75% state tax credit for donations to help families afford private schools. Unions claim the credit drained money from public schools, but public funding has increased nearly $2 billion since Invest in Kids began under the former governor. Bruce Rauner. According to Wirepoints, only 35% of Illinois children read at grade level, so it’s no surprise there are more than 20,000 kids on the Invest in Kids waitlist.
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