Proponents of vouchers know that they are not very popular with the general public. So they have come up with a different approach: a tax-credits-for-scholarships plan.
Except, according to a recent expose in the East Valley Tribune, Arizona’s tax credit scholarship plan has become a national scandal. “It has fostered a rigged system that keeps private education a privilege for the already privileged.”
Everyone–from wealthy parents who took illegal tax deductions to the legislators who set up the program and ended up earning huge salaries–seems to have been in it for the wrong reasons. And the poor kids who were supposed to benefit from this program? They got nothing at all.
Over the years, I had plenty of opportunities to vote for a tax-credits-for-scholarships plan. I never did. I wasn’t sorry then. And I’m even less sorry now.