Posts tagged "James Meeks"

Illinois Republicans betray the promise of school vouchers

Rep. Roger Eddy: Betrays GOP principles and Chicago school children Some Illinois House Republicans had an opportunity to give 30,000 poor, black children stuck in some of the worst, most overcrowded Chicago public schools a chance for a better education. But when it came to the moment of truth, they tossed the kids overboard. Those same Republicans... Read more »

Unions win another round; Illinois House kills school voucher program

Rep. Rosemary Mulligan: Clueless in Springfield After one of the most irrational debates recorded in the Capitol, Sen. James Meeks’ ground-breaking legislation to provide 30,000 students with the financial means to escape Chicago’s worst schools was killed in the House, 48-66 with 2 voting present. Northwest suburban Rep. Rosemay Mulligan (Republican) was fairly typical of... Read more »

Change is coming for Chicago pupils

Much to my surprise, the Illinois House appears ready to pass a significant voucher program that will allow students from failing schools to transfer to private schools with state assistance. As Illinois Statehouse News reported; Committee members by a 10-to-1 vote approved the measure for a pilot program in the academically lowest 10 percent of Chicago... Read more »

Expected opposition to school vouchers

Gee, who would have guessed it? As state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) attempts to move his school choice legislation through the General Assembly, the usual suspects show up with their lame excuses for giving parents and students a healthy choice. The linked Illinois Statehouse News story lays out the opposition, but I think this needs... Read more »

School vouchers (2)

Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) and the Illinois Policy Institute get national attention in this fine piece published in the Wall Street Journal.

Byrne and Zorn debate school choice

Eric Zorn,  a Chicago Tribune columnist, and I renew our discussions about important public issues from different viewpoints. Our earlier debate was on health care; now we exam school choice and vouchers. For further readings, we both have put together bibliographies that you can see here. This debate also is posted on Eric’s blog, Change... Read more »
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