ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Republicans in the Minnesota Senate approved Monday a measure allowing parents to get a tax credit for sending their children to private schools, which Democrats denounced as “vouchers.”
The bill allows a tax credit up to 70 percent for contributions to foundations that provide scholarships for nonpublic schools.READ MORE: 2 Killed After Small Plane Crashes Into Northwest Wisconsin Home
“We have a lot of great schools in Minnesota, we have a lot of great educators in Minnesota…But it’s also no doubt that there are tens of thousands of kids who are not having their needs met,” said Sen. Roger Chamberlain, the Republican chair of the tax committee.READ MORE: 3 Families Displaced By Northeast Minneapolis Triplex Fire
Meanwhile, critics call the measure “vouchers” under another name.
“No matter what school you send your child to, if that child is precariously housed, if that child is homeless, if that child lives in an environment of generational poverty, they are not going to do well,” said Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL- Minneapolis). “There is no magic that happens at private schools.”MORE NEWS: New Hope's Haunted 'Pomish Manor' Scares Up Food Shelf Donations With Reverse Halloween
The school tax credit is part of a larger bill that includes a series of lower income tax cuts.