The Orlando Sentinel’s School Zone blog took notice of the voucher-accepting-private-schools-that-teach-creationism mess that I posted about before.
The end of the post notes:
Of course, this is not a new issue, as colleague Dave Weber noted the issue in stories here and here about the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. That program pays for poor children to attend private schools, many of which are religious.
State officials have argued that with that program, the state isn’t directly paying for the religious education. They say that because the scholarship program is funded by corporate donations that companies give in exchange for state tax credits, not by a direct payout from the state treasury.
My opinion is that true, it’s not right out of the state treasury, but that particular scholarship program is just a way to game the system so that voucher supporters can point at the state treasury and say “see, the money isn’t coming from there” in an effort to distract people from seeing the money slipping out through the trap door under the carpet. The corporations get tax credits. Isn’t that tax money that would have gone into the state treasury if not for the program? If I’m wrong, then please correct me, and I mean that sincerely. Am I missing something?
And let’s not let talk of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship distract us from remembering that there is another voucher program in the state, the McKay Scholarship program. You’ll find the creationist private schools on its qualified list.