Read and React: Parental Choice in Education Act

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If you’ve been watching education news this past week, aside from the buzz about the new Education Commissioner, there has been lots of debate over the Parental Choice in Education Act (formerly known as the Education Investment Tax Credit) recently introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Supporters claim the Parental Choice in Education Act will support and protect alternative school options for parents and students across New York state, by giving help to parents who want to send their kids to a better school but can’t afford it. Others argue that the tax credit is a facade, and siphons public monies to private institutions by allowing qualified families to gain tuition aid from the government in the form of tax refunds. A mail campaign from both sides has added to the increasingly heated debate.

The bill is strongly opposed by the state’s many educational associations:

  • New York State School Boards Association
  • New York State United Teachers
  • Alliance for Quality Education
  • New York State Council of School Superintendents

Here’s a rundown of news coverage of the issue from around the state

  • Education Investment Tax Credit gets Dolan’s blessing (Times Union)
  • Cuomo not anticipating passage of tax-credit plan (Politics on the Hudson)
  • Cardinal Dolan and Gov. Cuomo push for controversial education tax credit as 100 clergy members sign letter urging governor to abandon it  (Daily news)
  • New York teachers unions’ ‘choice’ charade (NY Post)
  • NY state is responsible for supporting schools — public and private (Syracuse Post Standard)
  • Education tax credit giveaway (The Journal News)
  • Education tax credit plan makes the grade (Niagara Gazette)
  • Cuomo plan harmful to public schools (The Daily gazette)
  • ‘Elite’ unfair to Catholic schools in clash over tax credit (Times Union)
  • A Costly Tax Break for Nonpublic Schools (New York Times)
  • Dolan And ‘Inspirational’ Cuomo Pitch EITC (State of Politics)
  • Help the governor fund help for private education (Times Union)
  •  Act will hurt public schools (Times Union)
  • Public schools are public for a good reason (Times Union)