From a New York Times article about a program to raise money for private school scholarships, a frustrating series of quotes. Here’s one:
“A very small percentage of that money will be set aside for a needs-based scholarship fund,” Wyatt Bozeman, an administrator at the school near Atlanta, said during an informational session. “The rest of the money will be channeled to the family that raised it.”
Meaning what, exactly? According to the Times, this particular program in Georgia “is just one example of how scholarship programs have been twisted to benefit private schools at the expense of the neediest children.”
This school year alone, the programs redirected nearly $350 million that would have gone into public budgets to pay for private school scholarships for 129,000 students, according to the Alliance for School Choice, an advocacy organization. Legislators in at least nine other states are considering the programs.
All righty then.
The article is on the long side and I haven’t finished reading it. I do doubt that it isn’t filled with more frustrating tidbits.
Public school officials view the tax credits as poorly disguised state subsidies, part of an expanding agenda to shift tax dollars away from traditional public schools.
Oy + vey.