This year, Congress and Administration have an unprecedented window of opportunity to directly empower families to choose the best school for their child. A federal education tax credit would allow corporate and individual donors to make charitable contributions to state non-profits who provide scholarships for children to attend the private school of their parents’ choice. The donors would then receive a federal tax credit for their contribution.
A federal tax credit would create real educational opportunity for an additional 1 million disadvantaged children across the country. Two decades of research has shown that children who participate in private school choice programs improve academically, graduate at higher rates and are more likely to go onto college. Seventeen states already have tax credit scholarship programs and their generally low scholarship amounts could be increased as a result of the federal tax credit. Parents in states without school choice programs would, for the first time, have the freedom to choose the school that works best for their child.
The time to act is now. A federal education tax credit that would help 1 million students access a quality education would have tremendous and positive lifelong benefit for these students. Contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator and tell them to support a federal education tax credit for school choice. Every child, regardless of family income or circumstance, deserves access to a great education.