PV Post reports Rep. Rooker heartsick over results of education finance bill

“’We took money away from students at risk across the state – gutted (that funding) in favor of corporate tax credits,’ she said. The two categories of at-risk that were removed from the school finance formula are for students who are non-proficient (by testing) and those who are part-time or over 19. That saves the state more than $8 million while up to $10 million can be awarded in tax credits. Corporations could get a 70 percent credit for donating to organizations that grant scholarships to certain students – special needs or Title I – who move from public to private schools. They ‘are trying to draw students out of public schools,’ Rooker says. She also questions the mechanism for being able to limit the credits handed out in a year.”

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