Time Range For Action Alert:September 15, 2023 to November 7, 2023
Tell your state representative and senator to vote NO on any legislation that funds Invest in Kids School Voucher Program Ask Governor Pritzker (217-782-6830) to veto any bill that will continue the Invest in Kids School Voucher Program
“I am a constituent who resides in your district at (address). I am calling to tell you to let the Invest in Kids voucher program end as scheduled and to oppose any attempt at making it permanent or extending it. Public funds should be for our public schools.”
Constituent contact makes a difference! Make calls and send emails no later than Nov 7, 2023
The Invest in Kids school voucher program diverts up to $75 million from public education and sends public dollars to unaccountable, untransparent private schools, while over 80% of our public schools in Illinois are underfunded.
All children deserve access to a good public education. Public dollars should be used to support public schools, which open their doors to all kids without discriminating on the basis of religion, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Invest in Kids diverts scarce state funding and undermines public education, a cornerstone of democracy. The state’s 874,000 low-income students are harmed by the public school funding shortfall.
The Invest in Kids Act, passed in 2017, contains a sunset date of January 2025. The fall veto session is the last opportunity for the Illinois legislature to preserve this program. Your legislators need to hear now that the program must end.
Check out this fact sheet to learn more.
The League opposes proposals that would provide public funds for private schools.
State funding levels should be sufficient to enable districts to provide for all students an education that meets both standards established by the State Board of Education and legislated mandates.