CHICAGO (August 25, 2017)–Following is a statement from Progressive Reform Caucus Chair Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) in response to reports that the new Springfield education funding compromise includes private school vouchers:
“We oppose any effort to create private school vouchers in Illinois. No self-respecting Democrat should accept this brazen Rauner-Trump-DeVos tactic to decimate public schools, rob our children’s classrooms of resources and weaken teachers’ unions. Democrats in Springfield and Mayor Emanuel must unite to reject this unacceptable proposal, and force the parties to get back to the table to negotiate a new deal.
“In the interim, Mayor Emanuel should have already taken stronger action to surplus the TIFs to at least temporarily plug the widening CPS funding gap. To surplus only $20 million in TIF, when as much as $100 million is available, is irresponsible.”