Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls would have ignored school kids, GOP says
The Democratic candidates for Illinois governor would like to get rid of a new Illinois scholarship tax credit program meant to help the state's neediest children, the Illinois Republican Party charged in a recent press release.
The scholarship program was part of the compromise school funding legislation signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Students whose families earn less than 300 percent of the poverty level are eligible, according to the GOP, which said the program was praised by education advocates.
"J.B. Pritzker promised to do away with this program, taking away school choice from the thousands of low-income children it is designed to help," the GOP said.
Fellow Democratic hopefuls Chris Kennedy and Ameya Pawar said allowing such families to decide what is best for their children is "wrong," according to the press release. Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) went so far as to vote against the measure, calling it "absurd," the GOP alleged.
"Time after time, the Democrat gubernatorial candidates have shown that they do not stand on the side of the people," the GOP said. "Their united opposition to historic reform is a clear example that their policies are wrong for our children and wrong for Illinois."