Opinion Extra

May 9, 2013

Jones: Tax credits + private schools = bad public policy

Here they go again. Each year, right-wing legislators introduce schemes to subsidize private education under the guise of public education “reform,” employing euphemisms such as “choice” and “competition.” This year’s scheme, introduced by Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley, gives tax deductions to parents who send their children to private schools or home school, as well as to individuals who donate money to nonprofits that provide scholarships for poor or disabled children to attend private schools. This is a very bad idea on at least four counts.

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