The latest version of Senate leader Phil Berger’s plan to overhaul public education in the state includes a controversial tax credit scholarship program that had been endorsed by the House
The tax credit scholarship plan, being pushed by House Majority Leader Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, will allow corporations to get dollar-for-dollar tax credits from the state in exchange for providing $4,000-per-child scholarships for low-income children to attend private or religious schools.
(Click here to read the newest proposed committee substitute analysis, prepared by fiscal research staff and dated June 14. The part about the tax scholarship program starts on page 7)
Berger’s adjusted education plan would allow up to $2 million worth of tax credits for the rest of 2012. It will jump up to $40 million in 2013, pushing that amount of potential tax revenue to the private school scholarship program instead.
Supporters say it provides poor families with more choices, while critics call it a back-door voucher that will continue to push the privatization of the state’s underfunded public education system.
The House Education Committee is expected to discuss the combined education proposals this evening, when they meet at 5:30 p.m.