To the Editor:
Here’s an education story that national media somehow missed. Hours before adjourning in mid-April, the Maryland legislature narrowly stopped a bill that would have shrunk the state treasury by up to $37 million per year through a corporate-tax-credit scheme to aid faith-based private schools, similar to plans in Arizona and a few other states.
What seems to have stopped the bill, pushed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, were the pinched budgets of public school districts and the realization that millions of voters nationwide have rejected—including twice in Maryland—any and all plans to divert public funds to faith-based schools in more than 25 statewide referendums.
Americans for Religious Liberty
Silver Spring, Md.
A version of this article appeared in the June 09, 2010 edition of Education Week as Corporate Tax Credits Defeated in Maryland