New York Governor Cuomo has proposed a “Parental Choice in Education Act”, a $150 million tax credit benefiting private schools.
… The Act provides for $150 million in education tax credits annually that will provide:
- Tax credits to low-income families who send their children to nonpublic schools,
- Scholarships to low- and middle-income students to attend either a public school outside of their district or a nonpublic school,
- Incentives to public schools for enhanced educational programming (like after school programs); and,
- Tax credits to public school teachers for the purchase of supplies.
It’s no surprise that teacher unions oppose these proposals, while religious leaders support them. The outlook is uncertain for passage, and the outcome may give a clue about the strength of the school choice movement in New York.