“It is a gift horse, and we try not to look them in the face.’’ —Paideia headmaster Paul Bianchi
In the two years it’s been up and running, Georgia’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program has collected more than $30 million for private school scholarships, with that amount expected to more than double in 2010.
Under the program, invidia donors can claim a dollar-for-dollar reduction in state taxes, up to $2,500 for a married couple, and corporations can give up to 75 percent of their tax liability. This comes on top of the federal tax deduction for charitable contributions.
The Republican backed program was approved in the legislature by a party-line vote, and the two major gubernatorial candidates take opposing views. Democrat Roy Barnes has said he’d work to repeal the program if elected, while Republican Nathan Deal supports it.
Question: If backers of “school choice” believe that public schools should be forced to compete, why would they support a subsidy for private schools?