Tax Credit Scholarships: Illinois' Hidden Voucher Program?

$75M in public funds will be diverted to private schools as part of the new tax credit scholarship program which is part of the new IL school funding law passed in August 2017. How does this program work? Who is Empower Illinois? Who wins with this program? And who loses? Join us for a discussion with:

Dr. Christopher Lubienski, Professor, Indiana University, researcher on school choice, charter schools, and voucher programs


Bobby Otter, Budget director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability


Jenni Hofschulte, President of Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee

Unfortunately, Linda Lutton had to cancel for the forum and won’t be there to talk about her article, but you can prepare for this forum by reading (or listening to it) : How To Take In $33 Million In Tax Payer Dollars: Partner With The Catholic Church

Our Tax Credit Scholarships: What You Need To Know is a great primer on this topic.

This public forum is FREE but please register below.

Flyer in pdf here and as jpg here.


CAN TV Broadcasts


Wednesday, May 30th, 6 PM

Thursday, May 31st, 9 AM

Thursday, May 31st, 4 PM

CAN TV YouTube Link: full forum.



Indivisible Chicago Podcast: Chris Lubienski / Cassie Creswell

South Side WeeklyTax Credit Scholarships Don't Add Up, Panelists Argue


RYH Handouts

Stand up for public education! Action steps (pdf- good for printing & handing out)

Stand up for public education! Action steps (jpg- good for social media & email)

Tax credit scholarships: What you need to know (pdf- good for printing & handing out)

Tax credit scholarships: What you need to know (jpg- good for social media & email)


Slide Shows

Dr. Chris Lubienski

Bobby Otter


Video of Full Forum from our Facebook Live video.


Venue, Parking & CTA Information

The forum runs from 6:30-8:30pm in the Little Theater. You can enter the high school via the accessible entrance at Door 6 which is on the east side of the building by the main parking lot. (Enter parking lot from Lake Park Ave.)

Kenwood is served by several CTA bus lines (#6, #28, #15, #172) and the 51st/53rd St Metra stop.

Free parking is available in the Kenwood parking lots. On-street parking is a mix of free and pay, and there is a large parking garage one block south on Lake Park Ave, enter just south of 52nd St after the McDonald's.






  • May 22, 2018 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Kenwood Academy High School
  • 49 people are going
  • Wendy
Paula Barajas david vance Tammie Vinson Linda Hudson Amy Shuffelton Rocio Garcia Yvette Franklin Jessica Calderon Dawn Fowler Deb Hass Cynthia Zucker Josie Yanguas Katie Gruber Chris Johnson Rhonda Williams Grace Chan McKibben Octavia Brennan Denise Hill Sandra R Stone Jennifer Biggs

Will you come?