I know I don’t speak for myself but for many parents in our district when I say I am very disappointed by Rep. Rashid’s stance on school tax credits. Not extending the tax credits will severely damage the low-income families he claims to care about, giving them a terrible choice of choosing to go deeper into poverty to pay for school or to sacrifice the education and well-being of their children. This is a terrible rookie mistake by Rep. Rashid. He went to a private school and should understand how important parental choice is in education. It shouldn’t be only for the rich. I strongly suggest he reconsider his position on this issue and works with state senators Cervantes and Porfirio, who are much more reasonable and willing to look for a compromise. If Illinois is doing so great under the leadership of J.B. Pritzker, you can fund public education and support low-income parents who choose to send their children to a private school. If not, perhaps the state needs new leadership.

Michael Dobbins, Riverside