David Jackson

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois

October 7, 2017

Belleville News-Democrat

Given a choice, who picks a failing school for their child?

So you thought Illinois lawmakers made a deal on the school funding formula? Well, think again.

The Republican votes needed to pass the school funding bill and get checks mailed to the school districts were earned through compromise. A major part of that compromise was a $75 million experiment in helping bring private school scholarships to more youngsters trapped in failing public school districts.

Up to $75 million in state tax credits will be offered per year for five years to those who donate to private school scholarship funds. Those scholarships are...