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Gov congratulates only public schools on Blue Ribbon 2017 Awards



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CHICAGO – Altogether, 25 Illinois schools earned the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Awards, but Governor Rauner chose to acknowledge only the 16 government-funded schools on his Facebook entry:

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Illinois Review will publish the governor's office response as soon as we hear back as to why he chose to ignore non-public schools that will be honored by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos next month in Washington D.C.

The Secretary of Education's website showed that 292 public schools and 50 non-public schools nationwide received the recognition: 

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The 25 Illinois school honored are listed HERE :  

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  1. The governor should be proud of all the schools that were recognized – those that are not taxpayer funded are family funded and those families also fund the taxpayer schools.
    He snubbed those families. It’s outrageous.

  2. WOW! This past six weeks Rauner certainly has shown us how to win friends and influence people!
    He’s managed to aggravate the pro-life groups, down-state public schools, Catholics, and now the private schools.
    And ALL are taxpayers and voters.