Following through on his promise to promote school choice, Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a measure Wednesday that would create tax incentives aimed at helping students cover the costs of private school.
Mr. Rubio, the Florida Republican who delivered the official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, said his “Educational Opportunities Act” would open up tax breaks for individuals and corporations that send charitable contributions to scholarship-granting organizations, which provide money to eligible students who attend private elementary and secondary schools.
“This bill will incentivize investment in students and empower parents and K-12 students by allowing more educational opportunities, especially in low-income households that would otherwise not be able to afford it,” Mr. Rubio said. “It’s the kind of incentive that will help improve education in America and prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow, without additional burdens on the American taxpayer.”
Since the November election, several GOP leaders, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, have put a renewed emphasis on school choice, holding it up as a way to strengthen the nation’s educational system and a potential way to connect Republicans limited government message to Hispanic and black communities.
“We need to give all parents, especially the parents of children with special needs, the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choice,” Mr. Rubio said in his response to Mr. Obama Tuesday. ...
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