Illinois Democrat gubernatorial candidate and heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune J.B. Pritzker has had the privilege of attending some of the most prestigious schools in the country, including the private Milton Academy in Massachusetts and Duke University. But Pritzker has two words for students in Illinois who are trying to escape struggling schools to get a quality education like he had: “Too bad.”
Last year, GOP Governor Bruce Rauner worked to pass Illinois’ first school choice program, which provides tax credits for private school scholarships to help students-in-need. It’s already raised millions for low-income students. But at a press conference yesterday, Pritzker promised to “get rid” of the program “immediately.”
WLS-AM reports, “As for the new tuition tax credits for private and parochial schools here’s what Pritzker wants to do, ‘We’re gonna get rid of ’em!.’” Watch here.
J.B. Pritzker’s plans to end scholarships for students-in-need proves that he is out-of-touch.
* From the Sun-Times…
The Chicago Democrat said the Republican governor deserves no credit for the rest of the bill, since he’d vetoed it twice.
“Last year Bruce Rauner forced a school funding crisis on Illinois,” Pritzker said. “He vetoed critical school funding legislation, stuck a back-door school voucher program onto the bill. And then he vetoed yet another school funding bill. Rauner has taken every opportunity to jeopardize funding for our schools, destabilizing our education system and creating division in our state.” […]
“Well, if you veto it twice, I’m not sure how you get credit for it. The truth is that it was [State Sen.] Andy Manar’s bill. It was Andy Manar who fought for this for six years, and it was over the objection of Rauner and the Republicans who voted against it, that they actually got the thing passed,” Pritzker said. “I’m not sure once again how the governor can claim any credit for it. To me when you put commercials on like he did, claiming credit for something you veto, and that you held hostage for so many months, it seems to me that you don’t get to take credit.” […]
“He vetoed initial versions in order to negotiate a better final product — which he successfully accomplished by creating the tuition scholarship tax credit program to benefit low-income students,” [Rauner campaign] spokesman Will Allison said in an email.
* WLS Radio…
As for the new tuition tax credits for private and parochial schools here’s what Pritzker wants to do, “We’re gonna get rid of ’em! I think diverting money away from public schools right now to private tuition tax credits seems like a really bad idea.”
His opponent, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner responded, “It’s shameful for Pritzker to say he would immediately end the scholarship program when so many low-income students will soon be benefitting from a better education. It’s clear Pritzker is out-of-touch with struggling families who can finally choose a brighter future for their children.”
CBS 2’s story prominently featured a staunch neo-Confederate, so I’m not linking to the piece.