Thursday, March 12, 2009

School vouchers safe once again...

 The Arizona Court of Appeals handed school-choice supporters a victory Thursday, upholding the constitutionality of a state tax break for businesses that make donations to help pay for tuition grants for students attending private schools.

Thank-you. You have once again allowed me to keep my daughter out of the government-school system. Yeah, I agree with Mr. Boortz when it comes to public education. 

Still pending though, is the voucher system. The argument against it is that it is only used by the middle class church-going religious right. But here's the catch: I am not middle-class. I am not even lower-middle-class. Our family actually is considered at the poverty level (like poverty in the US means a whole lot). Without such a program my daughter would never be able to attend a private / parochial school. As it is, we struggle to pay the difference between what we receive as gifts from friends and family, and what is left on the account at the end of the year. So a thank-you in advance and request to the State to see the wisdom that it is not just middle-class and upper-class WASP's that take advantage of this program.

Also, for all you out there, this program works for ANY child, at ANY school. Even public schools can use that money for supplies, programs, etc. If you pay tax in Arizona, there is no reason not to take advantage of this program. How else can you tell the state EXACTLY where you want your $600 (or $1200 for couples) to go? Not to Rio Nuevo. Not to Phoenix for some road improvement. To the child or school that you designate. Yes, you pay the money up front (there are monthly plans available)...but at the end of the year, you get a form with the total tax credit to apply - best part - sometime during the next 5 years, all at once, or partially every year. Yes, you have to pay state tax in order to see a benefit from the credit.

Please, think it over, and if you want more information and are willing to help me put my daughter through Redeemer Lutheran in Marana, contact me.... If not me, go to your favorite school, talk to the administrative assistant, and they will help you fill out the forms. Also, contact your local state representatives and let them know that the voucher program needs to stay.


 ***Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.***
Peter Schmugge

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