Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers
Diverse. Dedicated. Determined.
WE NEED YOUR HELP to urge your legislators to oppose any extension or expansion of the Invest in Kids voucher program. Send them a message today!
Your state legislators need to hear from you that public funds are for public schools, and the Invest in Kids voucher program must sunset as intended.
Voucher programs harm the public good by diverting public dollars from our underfunded public schools. They don’t improve academic outcomes, nor do they improve equity: voucher schools in Illinois discriminate on the basis of religion, disability status, LGBTQ+ status and more.
But special interest groups who support the program are lobbying lawmakers to extend and expand it, so their wealthy donors can continue taking advantage of this tax credit scholarship scheme and further defund public education. Groups like Betsy Devos' American Federation for Children use these programs to advance their goal of privatizing public schools.
We’re working in coalition with the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois League of Women Voters, and Illinois Families for Public Schools to share information and call on legislators to allow this program to sunset, but they need to hear directly from you, too.
HOW CAN YOU TAKE ACTION?
Send an email. Use this link to send a pre-written message (or write your own) to both of your state legislators. Tell them that it's "game over" for Illinois vouchers, and that public funds belong to public schools.
Spread the word about Invest in Kids. Share on social media and with your networks this FAQ about the program in Illinois, how voucher programs fund discrimination, who is really behind the Invest in Kids program, and more.
Click here to tweet a message to urge your followers to send an email to their legislators, too!