By Jasmine Stewart
Before I start this article, I have to mention that as I was writing the title, I accidentally wrote J.B Rauner as opposed to Pritzker. But, I cannot be the only person who’s made that mistake, right? The two are opponents running for governor. Albeit, they aren’t the only ones, but their ads on tv constantly attack one another. Since the previous article I wrote was about Gov. Rauner and his position on education, I decided to do the same with J.B Pritzker and see what his plan looks like. Do the two see eye-to-eye on changes that need to be made or is the rivalry between them justifiable. Well, here’s what I came up with.
As I stated, in the previous article I wrote about what Gov. Rauner plans to do if he’s elected and his ideas didn’t sound so bad to me. Schools all over the south side of Chicago have been shut down, left and right. What I liked most about his plan, was that he wants to make sure that parents have a choice in what kind of school their children go to next. He also believes that educators’ voices should be heard within the schools’ administration. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Well, Pritzker believes that our education system has more so suffered due to “Rauner’s attacks on working people and his unwillingness to reach [an] agreement on a budget.”
Not only did Pritzker say that, but when I went to his website, www.jbpritzker.com, I found a few more pieces of information that a lot of people may not know. He mentioned things in regards to any kinds support for community colleges and public universities being slashed by nearly $2 billion. Grants for college kids of low-income status being chopped, as well. Thousands of professors losing their jobs and schools losing tens of thousands of students. While I hope none of this is true, I’d still like to know what Pritzker plans to do about it.
He plans to do three key things: Increase college affordability, keep Illinois students in state all while expanding the economic opportunities and promoting innovations. He’s always mentioned that he if he gets in office, he would like to expand the tax base. That, and bipartisan cooperation in order to come up with a strategy on how to go about this. Some agree with it, others don’t. I just personally know that more than words need to be said in order for something to be done.
In the grand scheme of things, Gov. Rauner has had some involvement with organizations that have aided schools in Illinois. In an interview with Channel 25 news, he mentioned that he would increase the funding for the MAP Grant by 50%, as an effort to keep students in Chicago. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t hope he had some kind of plan for early childhood education, but maybe that’s also included. All I want to know is what’s next. The polls will be closing up soon enough and we have to be sure of who’s going to really make a difference in these next few years.