The program, which for the first time would provide widespread taxpayer funding for religious and private education, would not be directly funded by the state. Instead, businesses would contribute to the scholarship fund in exchange for tax credits. By its fifth year, the program could cost the state up to $800 million in lost tax revenue.This seems a state endorsement of the plan and just another example of how the state is moving to dismantle public education. Rather than addressing the real issues -- funding disparity and a segregated state -- we are privatizing the funding of more and more of our educational system.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Private funding for public schools
Let's be serious here. This bill attempts to skirt the church-state wall by creating privately funded scholarships, but -- and this is key -- the state is offering tax credits to encourage it.