Catholic school principal backs Rauner's school choice measure
The principal of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles contends that parents should be able to receive public funding to support their children’s’ education, even if they attend faith-based schools.
“Notre Dame supports the opportunity for each family to pursue the school of his or her choice,” Notre Dame Principal Daniel Tully said. “Choosing a faith-based education is an option each family should be allowed to make. The tax credit program that has been proposed in Springfield is something that benefits all families.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner and Cardinal Blase Cupich, Catholic archbishop of Chicago, are advocating a measure to offer tax credits to those who donate money to fund private school scholarships for low-income students. Opponents like Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) argue that the measure would promote the flight of strong students from public school districts and exacerbate the inequities in education.
A Sangamon Sun article revealed that many Illinois lawmakers attended private schools and send their children to private schools as well.
“Families who attend private schools in Illinois currently save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year,” Tully said. “Providing some relief for those families in the form of tax credit scholarships is a good compromise to help make more schools accessible for a larger number of Illinois families.”