Agudath Israel of Illinois lauds bi-partisan solution to scholarship tax credit program impasse
On Friday, January 26, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced the adoption of a policy to include previously excluded schools in Illinois’ new tax credit scholarship program, the Invest in Kids Act. The breakthrough came after the Rauner administration, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), and advocates including Agudath Israel of Illinois worked together to find an expedient way to include as many of these schools as possible without compromising the integrity of the program.
In a statement released by the Governor’s office, advocates, including AIOI, were acknowledged and quoted. “Following discussions with stakeholders, a solution ensuring the participation of all schools that become recognized was achieved,” said Rabbi Shlomo Soroka, AIOI’s director of government affairs. “Agudath Israel of Illinois thanks the Rauner Administration, the bipartisan group of legislators, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Revenue, and advocates, who worked together to provide quality educational options to more students.”