Springfield, IL – Last week, multi-millionaire heiress Regan Deering proudly outlined her plan to gut Illinois’ public school system and her commitment to abolishing public education as we know it as a central focus of her campaign for Congress in Illinois’ 13th Congressional district.
Budzinski made the following statement:
“My grandmother was a public-school teacher in Illinois — I’m proud to come from a family of teachers and have spent my life fighting for working families. What people here in Central and Southern Illinois know is that our local teachers, staff, and public schools are the backbone of our community. I am proud to have attended public schools and received a great education. I believe every child should have access to a bright future, regardless of their background or zip code. Regan’s plan would deny our children equal access to education and opportunity.
It’s disappointing but not surprising that Regan would be so excited about ending public education as we know it. She is out of touch with working families in Central and Southern Illinois.”
Nikki Budzinski is a labor activist, former Chief of Staff at the Office of Management and Budget in the Biden Administration and Senior Advisor to Governor JB Pritzker. Born in Peoria, Illinois, she’s the granddaughter of a union painter and public-school teachers. Nikki has over ten years’ experience in the labor movement, working for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and International Association of Fire Fighters.