Many religiously affiliated schools across the country are known for turning out well-educated students and teaching core subjects without a sectarian bias. But some schools financed by the tax-credit programs teach a fundamentalist dogma holding that the world was literally created in six days. Some of the schools use textbooks produced by Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Book, a Christian publisher in Pensacola, Fla.
Public school officials view the tax credits as poorly disguised state subsidies, part of an expanding agenda to shift tax dollars away from traditional public schools. ‚ÄúOur position is that this is a shell game,‚ÄĚ said Chris Thomas, general counsel for the Arizona School Boards Association.
For school choice advocates, the genius of the program was that the money would never go into public accounts, making it less susceptible to court challenges. Representative Trent...
The assumption that a tax credit is a government subsidy is based upon the false belief that the money is the governments in the first place. They are saying that all money that you keep from your earnings is due to the government allowing you to have it. The premise is flawed.