Should Florida have a tax credit program for public schools?
This new report from the Florida Legislature's research arm looks at such programs in two states (Pennsylvania and Arizona), and considers the possibility of one in Florida. Florida has a tax credit voucher program that gives businesses an incentive to contribute money for low-income students who need financial help to attend private schools. But it doesn't have a program that allows businesses to get tax credits for donations to public schools.
The report says that among other issues, lawmakers should consider the impact on tax-credit vouchers if they pursue such a program. The voucher people say they're open to the idea:
"We're excited by any program that could direct resources to low-income students and strengthen our partnership with Florida's public schools," John Kirtley, chairman of Step Up For Students, said in a written statement. "Our mission is to help students from poor and working-class families no matter where they are taught, and we look forward to working with legislators and public educators to see whether a Public School Tax Credit can advance that objective. We see great possibilities."