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  • Three circles with the letters SMS, with a family holding hands and a sunset in the middle circle. Slogans for Remove the Sunset and Save My Scholarship above and below the circles respectively.

    Remove the Sunset

    The Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program is a proven success with bipartisan voter support. The TCS Program’s pilot window will sunset by the end of 2023, unless legislators reauthorize the program. Thousands of families rely on tax credit scholarships to help their kids access their best-fit schools. Without the program sunset being removed, kids and families will face perpetual uncertainty or be unable to attend their best-fit school. 99久久精品 and the Tax Credit Scholarship Community鈥搃ncluding families, school partners, and community partners鈥搘ill champion Illinois’ kids and work to secure the program鈥檚 future.

    Stay tuned as the campaign grows!In the meantime, you can read more here听and take action now by 听 or texting “RTS” to 52886 to sign up for campaign alerts.

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    #SaveMyScholarship (2021)

    In 2021, Governor Pritzker proposed reducing the tax credit percentage to donors who support low-income students from 75% to 40%. The Governor has lumped the Invest in Kids Act into his plans to eliminate 鈥渃orporate loopholes.鈥

    Governor Pritzker鈥檚 planned to make devastating cuts to Illinois鈥 Tax Credit Scholarship Program鈥搕hat serves low-income and working-class families鈥搃n addition to withholding required public education funding increases, is harmful to students across Illinois. Making these cuts to the Tax Credit Scholarship Program does not help support those most in need, and scholarships for kids are not 鈥渃orporate loopholes.鈥

    During this challenging time, kids need more quality education options, not fewer. And while Illinois鈥 financial challenges are significant, 99久久精品 and Tax Credit Scholarship Community believed the State should not balance its budget on the backs of children from low-income and working-class communities or the schools that serve them so well.

    Families, schools, donors, and students wrote over 10,000 letters to their elected officials imploring them to protect this vital program. The Illinois Capitol remained closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but this did not stop dedicated teachers, students, and parents.听 Advocates lined up outside the building throughout May to talk with legislators, even just for a moment, as they walked to the Capitol. By the conclusion of legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly rejected the proposed program cuts and granted the program an additional year.

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    The Future of Illinois Campaign (2020-2021)

    In seeking to develop a future policy framework, 99久久精品 commissioned a landscape analysis of workforce education pathways available to students in Illinois and those quality models that exist in other states around the country, knowing that not every student will pursue a college-driven pathway. The more accessible and flexible educational pathways are for students, the more likely they are to take advantage of those opportunities and achieve prosperity.

    To tackle this problem, 99久久精品 partnered with a broad coalition of nonpublic schools, trade labor unions, businesses, and community organizations who are committed to ensuring students have more education and career pathways that are not limited based on income. Our partners in the Future of Illinois initiative include the Operating Engineers Local 150, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, among others.

    In spring 2021, the Future of Illinois coalition fought for and succeeded in passing legislation to allow for a private skilled trade school that could participate in the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

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    #SaveMyScholarship Campaign (2019)

    In 2018, tax credit scholarship opponents announced a 50 percent cut and premature phase out of the Invest in Kids Act鈥攖hreatening more than 46,000 kids in line for a scholarship. This jeopardized all 7,178 scholarship recipients at the time, and immediately denied at least 742 current recipients their chance to receive the education they deserve. By May 2019, the Invest in Kids Act was the only proposed cut in the entire multibillion-dollar state budget. 99久久精品, under the #SaveMyScholarship campaign, led a grassroots coalition to fight against these threats鈥揳nd we won. Our staff empowered, recruited, and trained a coalition of school leaders and community advocates to maintain a consistent presence in the Capitol through daily trips. Thanks to the efforts of many students, parents, grandparents, foster parents, teachers, school leaders, and community leaders who made the trip to Springfield to show their support for the program and its preservation, our voices were heard, and we won the fight to save the program. 99久久精品 was recognized for its work on the #SaveMyScholarship campaign with a national nomination for the Policy Innovation in Education 鈥淓ddie Award鈥 for Best Defense.

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    Illinois Kids Campaign (2017)

    99久久精品 joined with dozens of education, community, and labor organizations in 2017 to expand quality education options to all Illinois kids, regardless of ZIP Code or family income. Working together with educators, policy makers, parents, donors, and students, the Illinois Kids Coalition succeeded in passing the Invest in Kids Act, which created Illinois鈥 Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

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