A candidate for governor wants a special session called, but not on pension reform. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) is proposing a school voucher program to help those displaced by recent public elementary school closings in Chicago. The vouchers from the State Board of Education would be good for up to $3,800 worth of tuition for a participating non-public schools of their choice. Brady says local districts will also contribute.
“The school district itself would have more money to spread over others because they continue to have the local share. They’re just giving out the state share that follows the students,” Brady said.
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Brady says a special session is needed to quickly put the program into place before the upcoming school year. He believes both sides of the aisle can get behind the proposal.
“I think what this does is alleviate some pressure put on many of the Democrats who were confronted by those families who are facing the school closures,” Brady said.
The voucher program would be reviewed by the State Board of Education after 10 years, at which point it could be expanded to other parts of Illinois.
Brady had supported a similar voucher plan in 2010 which failed to pass in the House.