Educational choice and educational opportunity are key issues here in New York.
While our state routinely spends more money per student than any other state in the nation, our educational outcomes do not reflect our level of investment. There is a wide gulf between the quality of the education students receive in high-income districts and the quality of the education students receive in low-income districts. Furthermore, the educational and moral environment in some public schools is diametrically opposed to the environment that Christian parents desire for their children.
One important way to promote educational choice and educational opportunity is to pass education tax credit legislation. Education tax credits provide incentives for taxpayers to donate to charitable organizations that support public and nonpublic schools, as well as organizations that offer scholarship assistance; thus, education tax credits help students in various types of schools. At present, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports two education tax credit bills: The Education Investment Incentives Act (EIIA) (S.1976-A – Golden) and the Parental Choice in Education Act (PCEA) (S.6409-A-Budget, Part S/A.9009-A-Budget, Part S). In past years, education tax credit proposals have been discussed in connection with the New York State Budget; sadly, opposition from Assembly liberals has derailed them. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Members of the Senate and the Assembly to include education tax credit legislation in the budget this year.