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Gov. Jeb Bush: Power of Educational Opportunity Will Help Illinois’ Families

Statement from Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, on Gov. Bruce Rauner signing legislation creating the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

“Today is an historic day for thousands of Illinois families who have been granted the freedom and ability to choose the learning environment that best matches their children’s individual needs.

“Children’s dreams should not be constrained by their ZIP codes, nor their futures determined by an assigned school. Parents, not institutions, make the best decisions for students because they are the ones most invested in their success. This decision will have a profound impact on the lives of Illinois’ most disadvantaged children, and Governor Rauner and so many other supporters of this measure from all sides of the political spectrum deserve great credit for this step forward.”

Tax Credit Scholarships are one of the fastest growing school choice programs in the country. These programs incentivize individuals and businesses to donate to nonprofit organizations that provide tuition scholarships to eligible students. In exchange for their donations, donors receive a tax credit from the state.

For more information on Tax Credit Scholarships, read our ExcelinEd primer