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Tag: Vouchers

Dennis Byrne gets it right

Earlier this week I blasted Illinois Democrats for voting against a bill providing a $3,700.00 voucher– opportunity– to 30,000 school children in the worst elementary schools in the city of Chicago. Today, Dennis Byrne blasted Illinois Republicans. Mr. Byrne not only dressed Republicans down, he named Republicans who voted no and provided the amount each received in donations from teachers unions over the years.

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Something Stinks in Springfield (again)

Art Turner and Monique Davis don’t care about the children in their districts. They care about getting reelected– and getting monies from teachers unions to assist in that endeavor– that’s why vouchers were defeated last week.

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Are we closer to vouchers in Illinois?

Senate Bill 2494, the Illinois School Choice Act, offers vouchers to families with children enrolled in Chicago’s worst performing elementary schools, defined as the bottom 10 percent, so they can take their children out of these schools and send them to a nearby private school. The amount of each voucher is the lesser of the state’s “foundation level” funding (currently, $6,119) or yearly tuition at the private school. (The average private elementary school tuition in Chicago is less than $4,500).

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