Expired school choice program blamed for Illinois schools closing

(The Center Square) – The fallout has begun in Illinois from the expired Invest in Kids school choice scholarship program as schools are announcing they will close. 

The Archdiocese of Chicago announced this week the closing of two west suburban Catholic schools at the end of the school year. St. Frances of Rome in Cicero had 104 students on scholarship and St. Odilo in Berwyn had 60 students on scholarship. 

Invest in Kids expired at the end of last year after Illinois legislators failed to advance an extension of the scholarship program, which provided full or partial scholarships for over 10,000 low-income students statewide. The bipartisan Invest in Kids Act passed in 2017 and provided privately funded scholarships to kids from low-income and working-class families to attend their best-fit private school. Donors to the program received a 75% Illinois income tax credit.  “Empower Illinois stands in solidarity with the parents, students,
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