Improving Education from Cradle to Career

JB knows how important it is to provide a quality education for our children — that’s why he has made improving Illinois’ education system one of his top priorities. From expanding access to early childhood education to raising teacher salaries to making college more affordable, JB is working to correct the failures of previous administrations.

Early Childhood Education

  • Expanded child care assistance eligibility so 80% of Illinois families will pay less for child care
  • Strengthened early childhood education and child care with the biggest investment ever in Illinois into early childhood programs and facilities, setting a goal to make Illinois the best state in the nation for raising young families
  • Created an early childhood workforce consortium among higher education institutions that will expand both the size and skill level of educators and caregivers
  • Launched a pilot program to support quality improvements for child care providers in rural Illinois communities
  • Increased access to early childhood education to provide learning opportunities for very young children

K-12 Education

  • Provided historic funding levels for K-12 students across the state, increasing overall education funding by more than $1 billion
  • Raised the minimum salary for teachers
  • Signed legislation to make it easier to hire and keep substitute teachers in classrooms
  • Expanded skills development with new investments in vocational training and career and technical training in high school

College Affordability

  • Awarded more than 24,000 additional need-based grants for students and increased the maximum size of each scholarship to a record amount
  • Expanded the number of Illinois students eligible for federal tuition aid, giving a record number of students the opportunity to fund their college education
  • Restored and stabilized higher education funding after years of neglect, increasing aid for public universities and community colleges
  • Extended financial aid to eligible students who are undocumented
  • Dedicated $2.9 billion to build state-of-the-art classrooms and rebuild deteriorated school buildings throughout the state
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