Breaking: @GovPritzker will NOT axe the private school tax credit scholarships so long as state fulfills education funding formula. Technically, he breaks a campaign promise, but honors GOP wishes. Some hardline folks in teachers unions may bristle, but they still get paid. Spox: pic.twitter.com/ljpEw7KOTG
Here was the plea from a single mother to @GovPritzker. She was beaming with pride about her children’s progress at their new school and couldn’t understand why the Governor had planned on phasing out the program: https://t.co/lvbdL3gm7d
Let’s all try to remember stuff like this when the usual suspects howl that Democrats are jamming through everything and shutting out Republicans.
One of the reasons those secret working groups are so secret is to let the ILGOPs into the process but still allow them to complain that they were shut out. Behind closed doors, they agree with some of the taxes and all of the spending, but in public, not so much. That’s why secrecy is so important, lol.
I supported the Governor’s position on this but I also think he’s made smart concessions so far this session. Last night in committee on marijuana legalization there were a number of comments from Republicans about how well the compromise worked.
There’s still a ton to get done today, perhaps too much, and that may ultimately change my final impression of this session but up until now I’ve found a lot to like in both the process and outcome.
A large number that was a tiny percentage of the overall education budget. CPS spends more paying the pension pick-up of its employees. Considering the “pleads” of that mom and others in a similar plight, this was a smart move and an easy “give”.
10-year old Emmorie Bland attends St. Patrick’s Catholic School…on scholarship program. She said, “When I first came here, like when I first first came here, I didn’t really do good in any of the subjects. But then since I came here again, I got better and better. Now, I’m getting A’s and B’s.”
I would like to see this program ended, but I think Pritzker’s other priorities such as cannabis legalization and progressive income taxation have a much more significant financial impact on the State. It is nice to have a Governor who can negotiate and work with people, even if it means he doesn’t get everything he wants.
We finally get to see one of those ladies that is always asking/pleading with the Governor to take some sort of action. I have heard a lot about them over the years, but this is the first time I have ever seen proof of their existence. Nice.
I hate the idea of the state diverting money to pay for some people to go to a private school while we are already under funding the public option, it screams of duplication and waste at the very least, but whatever. It’s at most $100 million, in practice a fraction of that, so if the R’s want a fig leaf to say they’ve won something, fine.
He is Doing the Do-able. Lets hope the gaming and sports betting gets done as well. Lots and lots of jobs will be created, as well as much needed tax money will not go to out of state casinos and racetracks.
–One of the reasons those secret working groups are so secret is to let the ILGOPs into the process but still allow them to complain that they were shut out. Behind closed doors, they agree with some of the taxes and all of the spending, but in public, not so much.–
I dislike the program on philosophical grounds, but can accept its existence as part of bipartisan governing. Sadly, I suspect the drumbeat of Rs claiming to be steamrolled by Dems will continue. Do we know the socioeconomic status of recipients so far? Proof of the charitable nature in practice might be more effective than one example.
If a kid is sent to private school and not public school, isn’t there some cost-savings in the sense that the public school doesn’t have to expend money to educate them? So the tax diversion in the form of a tax credit could be arguably justified? I’m open to being educated if I’m missing the boat on this one.
Just Observing—If those private schools didn’t exist obviously the kids now attending them would attend publics. The parents of the private school kids pay real estate taxes that fund those schools yet do not utilize them.
If all of those kids attended publics, how could the school systems handle it?
I’ve sent at least $150,000 to the public school system and have never used them.
Pick a name…your property taxes would be even higher if all children went to public school.
What some folks fail to appreciate is that taxes pay for the operation of a public school, not to educate their specific children. Just like a library…you don’t have to use it, but we’ve decided it should be there just in case.
The Governor and more than half of the legislature either themselves attended or send their own kids to private school. It’s very difficult for them to tell their constituents they shouldn’t have the same option. Good for the Governor for being vulnerable enough to see this and to change his mind. Reasonable people sometimes shift in their position.
Pick a name…you missed the point. If you and all your private school cohort suddenly chose to use public schools, public school budgets would need to go up to accommodate them, hence your taxes would go up. Just because you choose not to use public schools does not mean funds used to support public schools can be diverted to support children in private schools. Or perhaps you were looking for thanks?