Children’s Action Alliance Reports Private School Tax Credits Divert Public Dollars for Private Benefits

| March 2, 2016

By the Children’s Action Alliance

Arizona’s tax credits to support private schools diverted more than $100 million from the state budget in 2013—funding that could otherwise be used to fuel public schools. That amount will increase because the tax credits are designed to grow substantially every year, further diminishing funds available for public education and other priorities.

Tax credits claimed for private schools have grown far faster than state revenues or
the state economy, yet they lack the basic accountability and control that state budgets have.

Reforms are needed to make these credits more accountable, to control their growth, and to focus funds exclusively on scholarships for students who couldn’t afford private schools without financial help.

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