Republican state Sen. Bill Brady is proposing legislation to provide tuition vouchers to families of Chicago Public Schools students whose schools have been closed.
The Bloomington lawmaker is one of four Republicans running for Illinois governor in 2014.
Brady spoke Wednesday outside the administrative offices of the Chicago Public Schools, which voted in May to close 50 schools and programs.
He says the measure would provide families with a voucher from the State Board of Education to use at a participating private school of their choosing. The value would be tuition at the school or $3,700, whichever is less.
Brady says his proposed pilot program would give parents a choice in their children’s education. He says he believes “with greater parental involvement comes greater student achievement.”