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Majority Oppose Governor Pritzker鈥檚 Proposed Scholarship Cut

May 4, 2021 (CHICAGO)A recent听ARW Strategies听poll shows听growing and听large majority听support for听the bipartisan听Tax Credit Scholarship Program,听which provides scholarships to听students from听low-income and working-class听families to attend their best fit school.听

In February, Governor Pritzker announced his plans to cut the program鈥檚 tax credit from 75% to 40% as part of his proposal to close 鈥渃orporate loopholes.鈥澨More than 7,000 students听in need听rely on these scholarships every year, and more than 22,000 scholarships have been awarded since the program began in 2018.听Cuts to the program would cause uncertainty and education instability听for participating families.

鈥淭he poll results demonstrate strong, diverse support for the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program, particularly within Black and Latino communities,” said 5X社区视频 President, Anthony Holter. “We work with great families, school, and community leaders who all believe that during this challenging time, kids need more quality education options, not fewer. Together, we will advocate to protect and extend the tax credit scholarship program for families seeking brighter futures for their students and defend the education opportunities that work best for kids.”

Key findings in the results include:听

  • 61% of voters support the bipartisan Invest in Kids Tax Credit 听Scholarship Program,鈥痑鈥7-point鈥痠ncrease since October 2020,鈥痠苍肠濒耻诲颈苍驳:鈥

        • 71% of Black voters鈥
        • 81% of Latino voters鈥
        • 67% of Democratic voters鈥
  • 60% of voters鈥痮ppose鈥疓overnor Pritzker鈥檚 proposed cuts to the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program, including 63% of Black voters and 66% of Latino鈥痸oters鈥
  • 45% of voters鈥痠ndicated they鈥痺ould be less likely to vote for their state representative or senator if they supported the Governor鈥檚 proposed鈥痗ut鈥
  • Only 19% of voters would be more likely to vote for their state representative or senator鈥檚 reelection鈥痠f they supported the Governor鈥檚 proposed鈥痗ut鈥
  • 87% of voters believe Illinois should guarantee equality of opportunity to students of all races, gender, income, or other socio-economic factors鈥痺hen thinking about education


The Invest in Kids Act听passed as part of Illinois鈥 historic reforms to its education funding formula in 2017. The reforms contained in the Invest in Kids Act have increased public school fundingby more than $1 billion and generated more than $167 million in private听donations to听scholarships for students from low-income and working-class families to attend听their best-fit,听private school.听


The poll was conducted between听April 12-15, 2021, by听ARW Strategies听and surveyed 800 registered Illinois voters.听

About 5X社区视频

5X社区视频 is a statewide education policy and research nonprofit and听Scholarship Granting Organization created to serve Illinois鈥 children through the state鈥檚 tax credit scholarship program. Children only get one chance at a quality education, and 5X社区视频鈥 mission is to expand quality education options for low-income and working-class families of Illinois.

Illinois鈥 Invest in Kids tax credit scholarship program was created in 2017 to benefit children whose educational options are limited by household income or ZIP Code. 5X社区视频 serves as a conduit for processing donations, scholarship awards and program compliance for approximately 91 percent of all recognized private schools in Illinois.

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