“WHAT CAN WE DO?” In 60 seconds
Action You Can Take Today
Action: Tell Governor Pritzker and your state Senator and Representative to end public money for private schools
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- Call Governor Pritzker: (217) 782-6830 Dial the number
Action: End Public Money for Private Schools
Contact your state legislators and Governor Pritzker, urging them to end the Tax Credit for Private School Scholarships “Invest in Kids program”. Invest in Kids is really a “back door” voucher program that funnels up to $75 million a year of taxpayer money to private and religious schools. Donors who give to Invest in Kids receive a hefty tax break and Illinois loses much-needed revenue.
Invest in Kids is set to “sunset” in 2023 but pro-privatization forces, such as the Illinois Policy Institute, the Betsy DeVos-funded Illinois lobbying group American Federation for Children, Awake Illinois, Moms for Liberty, and others) are pushing to make Invest in Kids permanent and expand its scope. Support for tax credit vouchers is part of a movement, both nationally and in Illinois, to undermine public education.
Need more information? Illinois Families for Public Education, recently gave an excellent presentation on this issue. A recording of the presentation is available here and you can access the slides here. And a short FAQ on Invest in Kids is here.
Indivisible Chicago Alliance and Illinois Families for Public Schools are part of a large coalition working to sunset Invest in Kids. And we are asking your help to contact Governor Pritzker and your state rep and state senator to urge them to vote no on any extension or expansion of the voucher program. It’s important to do that this week, as Invest in Kids might be voted on during the lame duck session, Jan 4-7!
Action via Illinois Families for Public Schools