When new school choice options are proposed, opponents like to ask, “Who benefits?”
The answer, they like to claim, is someone other than the children the program would serve. It’s usually “the wealthy,” as was the case with the talking points rolled out this week against a proposed education tax credit in New York.
This line of attack glosses over the fact that New York’s proposal would offer tax credits of 75 cents on the dollar for every contribution, which means donors who fund scholarships would be giving up money to support education. Other states like Florida, offer dollar-for-dollar tax credits for similar programs*.
Both the Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Lieutenant Governor are barnstorming the state in support of the proposal. Jewish and Catholic leaders support it, as do some parents and school choice advocates. The usual suspects, of course, are up in arms.
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