Private School Aid Proposal

Republican legislators believe North Carolina could save money on public education by giving a $2,500 annual tax credit to most families who send their children to private schools.

House Minority Leader Paul Stam of Wake County said Tuesday the state has been giving grants for three decades to students who attend a private college, which saves the cost of educating them at a public university.

Legislative fiscal analysts estimate that the tax credit would encourage more parents to send their children to private schools.

Their report said that after the first year, state taxpayers would save between $13 million and $35 million annually to educate fewer students between kindergarten and 12th grade. Local school districts would save another $9 million to $25 million a year.

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  • by Renee Location: Here on Mar 18, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    This really needs to be instated soon! If we pay taxes so that our children may go to public school then we should have some input as to what they are taught and if they wish to pray they should also have that right! As long as public school teaches evolution and other lies, my kids will go to private school!
  • by Liza Location: Kinston on Mar 18, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    I vote in favor!
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Mar 18, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    I'm all for it. When will it begin?
  • by rachel Location: work on Mar 18, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    FINALLY a break for those of us that work and pay our bills and sacrifice so much to give to our children...WOW!!!!!!!! What a change...we dont send our kids to public school, they dont ride the bus they dont eat the free lunches...why do we have to pay for your kids???
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Mar 18, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    No. No. No. This would insert competition and make the public schools more accountable. We cannot have that. Kids must go to guvment schools so we can keep the teachers lobby happy and make sure kids learn that the guvment is the answer to all their problems. Only the wealthy, like the current President, should be allowed to send their kids to private schools even if it 1) saves money for taxpayers, 2)allows parents who are not rich to have educational options for their children, and 3) promotes better education. The guvment run schools seem to be working quite well in Halifax County. My kids are out of school now, but they attended both public and private schools. Fewer resources, but better results at the private schools Lots of parent volunteers who wanted to help because they felt the difference was worth it. They also felt as though they had a voice in matters. How many public school parents feel they have a say in anything?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    I pay over 10,000 a year to send my kids to a private scholl, this tax credit would be great!!!
  • by Thumbs down Location: NC on Mar 18, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    Well said Lynne. My thoughts exactly.
  • by T on Mar 18, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Where do I sign up!!! This is a great idea! The first one in a long time, I hope it makes it.
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Mar 18, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    Where will these funds come from? The public school budgets? It sounds great on the surface. However, what is the cost increase to private schools (they will need all of the things that politicians don't want to pay for in the public schools-more teachers, more or larger classes, etc.) and just how far will that $2,500 TAX credit (remember that the parent has to pay the tutition first and if it is like every other tax credit, hoops will abound to get even part of it) go when they have to increase their tuition to cover an influx of new students and related costs?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    Finally, a break to those who sacrafice to send their kids to private schools and their tax dollars still go to public schools where their children do not attend. There are excellent teachers at public schools but their hands are tied and nothing is being done to improve the public schools.
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