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New York Families Rally in Support of Education Tax Credit

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in DeSales Blog, External Relations

Families from The Bronx and Harlem to rally in front of office of NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, urging passage in coming weeks.

NYCAN logo2Families from the South Bronx and Harlem will rally in front of the office of New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) on Thursday, June 11th, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., 1446 East Gun Hill Road, in the Bronx. Attendees will advocate for the Speaker’s support, and passage of, the Education Tax Credit into law.

“Parents have been trying to get a meeting with the Speaker for some time now to tell him why the Education Tax Credit matters to all kids,” said Raesha Cartegena, a parent and resident of the Bronx. “We understand that he is busy with the session closing and that he, in effect, represents all districts. But we thought it was important to come here regardless. The speaker needs to understand that the Education Tax Credit is critical for kids here in his backyard and for kids across New York State. This tax credit matters. We need to be heard. Children in New York need to be heard.”

“The assembly passed tax credits this session for owners of luxury yachts,” said Sherrie Henry, a Bronx resident whose daughter attends the borough’s Holy Rosary School. “The future of our children’s education is more important than a tax break on a boat.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed the Parental Choice in Education Act that includes an Education Tax Credit to allow donations to scholarship funds for low-income and working class children to attend private and parochial schools of their choice. As part of the bill, the Governor has also proposed a $500 tax credit for families with children currently enrolled in a nonpublic school. The legislation also encourages donations to public schools and nonprofit organizations for after-school, music, arts, sports and tutoring programs. In addition, the bill would provide a direct tax credit to teachers to help offset the money spent out of their own pockets for classroom supplies.

NYCAN: Launched in January 2012, NYCAN: The New York Campaign for Achievement Now is a nonprofit organization that advocates for a high-quality education for all New York kids, regardless of their address. We help create learning environments that best meet every child’s needs by focusing our work on starting earlier, expanding choices, aiming higher, cultivating talent and reaching everyone.