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Cuomo's private school tax credit plan faces opposition

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Governor Cuomo's tax credit plan for private and parochial schools faces opposition from at least one educational organization. 

The Alliance for Quality Education is speaking out against the proposal, which Cuomo claims will provide parents with more choices regarding their children's education. 

The governor's Parental Choice in Education Act provides tax credits to those who donate to private and parochial schools for purposes of scholarships, tax credits to parents who pay tuition to private and parochial schools and tax credits to those teachers for supplies they purchase.  In the past, the plan has faced opposition in the State Legislature. 

Jasmine Gripper, a Statewide Education Advocate with the Alliance, contends the proposal is misleading.  Gripper claims it benefits the wealthy by providing them reimbursement for as much as 75% of their donations to private or parochial schools, which in turn is paid for by taxpayers.  Gripper says that's money that could be going toward public schools.

WBFO Host Jay Moran spoke with Gripper on Morning Edition...


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