Friday, March 26, 2010

What do you think of school vouchers in Chicago?

Because a bill sponsored by State Sen. James Meeks (who is also pastor of Salem Baptist Church) advanced through the Senate and is on its way to the state House for consideration!
The Illinois Senate today approved legislation creating a small-scale voucher program that would provide money for 22,000 students at the worst-performing Chicago Public Schools to attend private schools.

The students would get a voucher equivalent to the minimum amount of money the state requires districts to spend on each child. The vouchers would be part of a test program and could be used toward expenses at any private school in Chicago that is willing to participate.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. James Meeks, D-Chicago, passed 33-20 with three present votes.
Another item of note from that link:
The voucher issue long has simmered in Illinois, with teachers unions opposed to the idea, saying it strips struggling public schools of resources.
For your viewing pleasure check out this interview with James Meeks that is airing on the Illinois Channel this week!

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