Oppose: Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit Programs (EISTC) that send donations to private schools
Ask you legislators to Oppose these bills that expand EISTC: HB395, HB221, HB1165, SB172, SB553, SB869
Tuition Tax Credit Programs undermine public education funding and compromise the Principles of public schools.
- Tuition Tax Credits reduce revenue for public schools.
- At least $25 million can go to private schools each year.
- $25 million should not be diverted from Virginia’s public schools. ($7,395,530 in 2016)
- Public schools are already underfunded.
- Private school curriculum may include religious bias and religious training.
- Private school policy may include gender discrimination. Title IX compliance is not required.
- Transferring a student to a private school does not reduce a local school’s operating expenses.
- VDOE has to employ personnel to administer the program; thus, funds diverted from classrooms
- Better education at these private schools has not been shown.
- Donors benefit by taking both Federal and State charitable tax deductions
- But the donation may not fully cover the student’s tuition.
- Wealthy donors benefit more than the students do.
- Parents are not always advised of the loss of protection of federal rights for disabled students
- Desirable diversity in the public school may be decreased.
- Tax shelters undermine our public education.