Lawmakers passed, and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed, a school funding bill in 2017 that included a scholarship tax credit program, which offers a tax credit in exchange for scholarship donations to private schools. Do you support this program? If yes, how will you support its growth? If no, will you dismantle the program?

Education

No, I do not support SB1947, and voted against it because of the scholarship tax credit program. No, I will not support the growth of this program and yes, will dismantle it as governor. Instead of finding ways to fund public schools in every neighborhood, Bruce Rauner delayed funding our schools for as long as possible and then took advantage of the crisis to insert this last-minute tax break for the ultra-rich. Middle-class public school parents like me are tired of footing the bill while the wealthy get more tax cuts.

I was proud to sign this bill and believe it will make our educational system in Illinois stronger. I'll work to make sure this program is implemented properly and that it's producing the best results. This program provides Illinois schools with a new and more equitable funding formula, an accomplishment no governor in decades — Republican or Democrat — has been able to achieve. It also creates Illinois' first ever scholarship tax credit program, providing low-income children throughout the state with an opportunity to choose where they will go to school. On its first full day, the program received more than $36 million in donations, and will only continue to grow.

No, I do not support this program, and yes, I would dismantle it. We cannot afford it. This provision was snuck into school funding legislation when lawmakers were in a must-pass bind. School funding was jeopardized. There were concerns about school districts being able to make payroll. If the scholarship tax credit program is examined on its own merits, it's an economic and educational disaster.

I support the expansion of school choice in Illinois. As governor, I would promote legislation that expands school choice to all Illinois children through the creation of education savings accounts. But while I do support the tax credit program, I voted against the education finance bill and the permanent bailout of Chicago Public Schools that went along with it.

To get that tax credit program, Governor Rauner sold out Illinoisans to bail out the failed leadership of CPS and its aggressive teachers union. Illinoisans will now be forced to pay for CPS' mismanagement, skipped pension payments, excessive borrowing and unaffordable teacher contracts. Worse, Rauner sold out all Illinoisans for a program that benefits less than half-of-one percent of the student population in Illinois. That's not fair to the many students and families that don't qualify for the tax credit scholarship.

All Illinois students deserve school choice. The hypocrisy on the topic from teacher unions and political leadership is outrageous. In one report nearly 40% of Chicago teachers elect to send their school aged children to private schools. Tribune's own analysis shows that inside CPS the majority of parents choose a school other than their neighborhood school.

Nearly 100% of the problems related to education can be solved by competition in the marketplace which is why school choice is the only answer to educational improvement. In 2017, I was the only House legislator to run a school choice bill outside the massive SB1 formula change. I have championed school choice legislation every year in office.

I'm relieved that schools are getting their funding and remain open thanks to the leadership of people like State Senator Andy Manar, but I oppose private school vouchers. SB 1 created a fair and equitable school funding formula, but now we know why Bruce Rauner vetoed it and created that crisis — he wanted to leverage it to get a voucher-like program in Illinois. As governor, I'll oppose taking money from public schools for private school tax credits.

I support the recent tax credit in exchange for scholarship donations to private schools. This increases the total amount of money coming into the educational system and also increases competition.

I do not support that program as it diverts money away from public schools that are badly underfunded. I believe we should shift our school funding formula to one that is based on an income tax rather than a property tax while still accounting for funding based on need. I would divert those dollars back into the public school system.

No. private schools should not receive tax credits for donations. I would place a moratorium on expanding charter and private schools in Illinois. Especially, if the owners cannot pay the entire cost to operate. Why open up a private schools and not then depend on the state to help fund the school. Private means private.

I support the expansion of school choice in Illinois. As governor, I would promote legislation that expands school choice to all Illinois children through the creation of education savings accounts. But while I do support the tax credit program, I voted against the education finance bill and the permanent bailout of Chicago Public Schools that went along with it.

To get that tax credit program, Governor Rauner sold out Illinoisans to bail out the failed leadership of CPS and its aggressive teachers union. Illinoisans will now be forced to pay for CPS' mismanagement, skipped pension payments, excessive borrowing and unaffordable teacher contracts. Worse, Rauner sold out all Illinoisans for a program that benefits less than half-of-one percent of the student population in Illinois. That's not fair to the many students and families that don't qualify for the tax credit scholarship.

All Illinois students deserve school choice. The hypocrisy on the topic from teacher unions and political leadership is outrageous. In one report nearly 40% of Chicago teachers elect to send their school aged children to private schools. Tribune's own analysis shows that inside CPS the majority of parents choose a school other than their neighborhood school.

Nearly 100% of the problems related to education can be solved by competition in the marketplace which is why school choice is the only answer to educational improvement. In 2017, I was the only House legislator to run a school choice bill outside the massive SB1 formula change. I have championed school choice legislation every year in office.

I'm relieved that schools are getting their funding and remain open thanks to the leadership of people like State Senator Andy Manar, but I oppose private school vouchers. SB 1 created a fair and equitable school funding formula, but now we know why Bruce Rauner vetoed it and created that crisis — he wanted to leverage it to get a voucher-like program in Illinois. As governor, I'll oppose taking money from public schools for private school tax credits.

I support the recent tax credit in exchange for scholarship donations to private schools. This increases the total amount of money coming into the educational system and also increases competition.

I do not support that program as it diverts money away from public schools that are badly underfunded. I believe we should shift our school funding formula to one that is based on an income tax rather than a property tax while still accounting for funding based on need. I would divert those dollars back into the public school system.

No. private schools should not receive tax credits for donations. I would place a moratorium on expanding charter and private schools in Illinois. Especially, if the owners cannot pay the entire cost to operate. Why open up a private schools and not then depend on the state to help fund the school. Private means private.

No, I do not support this program, and yes, I would dismantle it. We cannot afford it. This provision was snuck into school funding legislation when lawmakers were in a must-pass bind. School funding was jeopardized. There were concerns about school districts being able to make payroll. If the scholarship tax credit program is examined on its own merits, it's an economic and educational disaster.

No, I do not support SB1947, and voted against it because of the scholarship tax credit program. No, I will not support the growth of this program and yes, will dismantle it as governor. Instead of finding ways to fund public schools in every neighborhood, Bruce Rauner delayed funding our schools for as long as possible and then took advantage of the crisis to insert this last-minute tax break for the ultra-rich. Middle-class public school parents like me are tired of footing the bill while the wealthy get more tax cuts.