Gov. Pritzker Flips on School Choice

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from The Wall Street Journal,

The Illinois Democrat backs a scholarship program he promised he would eliminate.

With three weeks until Election Day, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has reversed himself on school choice. On Tuesday the Chicago Sun-Times released Mr. Pritzker’s answers to a candidate survey. He answered yes to the question: “Do you support Illinois’ tax credit scholarship program that provides financial support for students to attend private and parochial schools?”

In a more detailed response, Gov. Pritzker also noted that his “main focus with respect to K-12 education is ensuring that there is sufficient funding.” He said that his budgets “have ultimately included the relatively small Invest in Kids Scholarship Program” because he had “assurance from the advocates” that they would “support increased public school funding.”

His support may be measured and conditional, but explicit support for school choice is a major shift for Mr. Pritzker.

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