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Here is a compilation of background research and other information on various topics, gathered during debates with Tribune columnist Eric Zorn.

Topic: Taxes and the Illinois budget

Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

Civic Federation calls on Illinois to raise income tax rate

Civic Federation changes its mind; opposes tax increase

Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability

Institute for Illinois' Fiscal Sustainability, at the Civic Federation

Illinois Policy Institute. Home website. Budget analysis. Proposal for balancing budget without a tax increase.

Illinois is Broke.com  Organized by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago."

Illinois is One of the Lowest Spending States in the Nation,

Illinois Statehouse News One of the best, objective sources of continuing coverage of the state's financial crisis and other Illinois news.

Illinois Taxes: One Set of Data, Two Different Conclusions

Institute for Truth in Accounting

State of Illinois, Office of the Comptroller The source for basic information on the state's financial condition.

 

Ray Long of the Tribune and Dave McKinney of the Sun-Times are productive, experienced and reliable hands at covering Springfield. 

 

Topic: School Vouchers

Below is a set of links, pro and con, on the school voucher issue assembled by Eric Zorn (con) and me (pro) )to complement our joint column that will be published tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 16. 

 

POSTED BY ZORN:

Florida school vouchers flunk test -- St. Petersburg Times,  July 1, 2009

Study finds results of Miwaukee Public Schools and voucher school students are similar  -- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 26, 2009

School vouchers study finds little difference between public schools, private schools -- Tampa Times  June 30, 2009

School For Scandal: Milwaukee's Failed Voucher 'Experiment' Should Be Shut Down -- By Rob Boston, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, April 3, 2009

 An Idea Whose Time Has Gone -- Conservatives abandon their support for school vouchers.  Washington Monthly, April 2008   

 

10 Reasons to Oppose Private School Vouchers by the (Texas) Coalition for Public Schools

17 Years Into the Failed Milwaukee Voucher Experiment, The Capital Times,  October 2007

School Vouchers, Myths and Facts -- American Federation of Teachers

The Problem of Taking Private-School Voucher Programs to Scale-- the next issue in the voucher wars  -- The New Century Foundation 

Let Me Count The Ways: Private-school Vouchers Are A Bad Idea
November 19, 1998 (Orlando Sentinel)

 

POSTED BY DENNIS BYRNE:

Brookings: Expanding Choice in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Report on Rethinking the Federal Role in Education 

Center for Education Reform (a multitude of studies)  

Heritage Foundation: School Safety in Washington, D.C.: New Data for the 2007-2008 School Year 

Heritage Foundation: Are Public or Private Schools Doing Better? How the NCES Study Is Being Misinterpreted 

Manhattan Institute: "Rising to the Challenge: The Effect of School Choice on Public Schools in Milwaukee and San Antonio" 

United States Department Of Education, Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, Impacts After Three Years, Executive Summary

United States General Accounting Office, Report to the Honorable Judd Gregg, U.S. Senate, School Vouchers, Characteristics of Privately Funded Programs 

United States Department Of Education, Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, Impacts After Three Years, Executive Summary  

United States General Accounting Office, Report to the Honorable Judd Gregg, U.S. Senate, School Vouchers, Characteristics of Privately Funded Programs 

United States Department of Education, The Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After Three Years. 

United States Department of Education, School Choice Demonstration Project 

University of Arkansas Study of Voucher Program Finds Parents Satisfied, Say They Are More Involved 

University of Arkansas, Using School Scholarships to Estimate the Effect of Private Education on the Academic Achievement of Low Income Students in Chile  

Washington Post: District parents know why voucher program should survive.

NOTE -- The comment thread here is not for debating the voucher issues, but for adding, suggesting links to other reading material. The conversation about the voucher issue will take place on the thread under the joint column that Zorn and I will release later today and that will be published in Tuesday's paper. 

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