In March, the Illinois Senate passed a bill to provide children in Chicago's lowest ranking schools with tuition vouchers. The voucher program was first introduced in 1955 as a program where the government would give parents who sent their child to a private school the same amount of money as that spent on a public school student. The program was controversial in 1955 and continues to be so today.
On Wednesday, May 5th, 22 Democrats and 26 Republicans in the Illinois House voted to allow a maximum of 30,000 children access to tuition vouchers. 44 Democrats and 22 Republicans, however, voted against tuition vouchers, leaving children stranded in low-ranking, unsafe schools.