AASA, National Education Groups, Others Applaud Legislation to Limit Public Dollars for Private Schools


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 8, 2017 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is among 33 national education and other civic groups applauding legislation that would bar corporations and successful investors from earning huge profits by transferring public funding to private schools.

The Public Funds for Public Schools Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), would ensure that the federal government can stop Americans from profiting from their donations to voucher programs that deplete resources from public schools.

In a letter sent to Sewell, the groups said, “The (legislation) would ensure that the federal government is no longer able to sanction a tax shelter for wealthy Americans who opt to enrich themselves by donating money to state voucher programs.”

Click here to read the full letter.

The new bill was based on recommendations generated by the report,  
Public Loss, Private Gain: How School Voucher Tax Shelters Undermine Public Education.
Released earlier this year by AASA and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the report describes how boosting resources for private schools while simultaneously providing tax breaks for wealthy taxpayers and corporations will greatly undermine public education. 

For specific questions, contact Sasha Pudelski, AASA assistant director, policy and advocacy, at spudelski@aasa.org.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.