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Key Messages & Talking Points: HB 2789

Updated: May 20, 2021


Key Messages & Talking Points: HB 2789


What Is It?


The Illinois House has passed HB 2789. The bill would give control over how schools operate to the Illinois Department of Health if there’s a public health declaration - eliminating any local input from school boards, principals, teachers and families who know far better than Springfield bureaucrats what’s best for their community.


It’s an outrageous measure - in and of itself - that’s sure to be a disaster in a state as diverse as Illinois, if it’s ever implemented.


But there’s more. On April 22, maybe a couple hours before the bill was passed out of the House, Democrats tacked on an amendment that said: Not only would the Department of Public Health dictate how all public schools would operate - the DPH would dictate how all NON-PUBLIC schools operate.



Key Messages


  • Unions and unelected bureaucrats are moving to seize control over education from local boards, schools and families.


  • A one-size fits all approach will not work for Illinois. And it certainly won’t work for our students.


  • We saw how long unions would have our kids out of school after the last public health declaration - as long as they possibly could.


  • This is a CYA move by unions to make sure private and religious schools don’t put them to shame in the future.



Talking Points


  • This is the state taking control of your private and faith-based schools.


  • The legislation is opposed by the State Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools and the Department of Public Health - because they don’t want this disaster on their hands.


  • Who supports it? Teacher Unions. See, private schools and some public school districts found ways to get their kids back to school safely. It destroyed the narrative that it was “dangerous” to reopen schools, and changed the way a lot of people looked at teacher unions.


  • Reopen plans were successful, while CTU and IEA continued to insist on keeping kids out of school. It made them look bad.


Advocates Should Immediately:



  • Write Letters to the Editor for your local media to inform your neighbors that this measure has passed in the House and is headed for a Senate vote.

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