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Illinois: Republicans Extort $75 Million for Vouchers in Exchange for Funding Public Schools;by Diane Ravitch

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In Illinois, Republicans refused to pass legislation to fund public schools unless Democrats agreed to addd $75 million for vouchers for religious schools.Chicago Tribune writer Eric Zorn describes the secretive deal to funnel money to religious schools here. Governor Rauner, who loves charter schools and hates public schools, was happy to go along. So was Democratic Speaker Mike Madigan, who fell in love with the scandal-ridden Gulen charters after  several free trips to Turkey. (Now that the government of Turkey wants to imprison Imam Fetullah Gulen for sponsoring a coup attempt, there are not likely to be any more Gulen-paid trips to Turkey.)' Ravitch adds: 'What a disgrace!  This is a victory for Betsy DeVos and Trump.'

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