Parents and students supporting Invest in Kids rally in the capitol last week. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]
Illinois Democrats chose not to extend the Invest in Kids scholarship program tax credit before leaving Springfield for the year, setting up the end to a controversial program thousands of families relied on, but opponents criticized in many cases as state funding of religious schools.
Though the credit will end on Jan. 1, scholarships awarded through the program this school year are expected to continue through the remainder of the school year. But going into fall 2024, thousands of families of nearly 10,000 students in the program are now considering what’s next for their children while the program’s opponents call for more support for public schools.
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