Since Arizona blazed the trail for tuition scholarship tax credits in 1997, Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have followed our example with programs of their own. More states will likely follow in the next few years.
This year the Arizona legislature is considering an improvement to the individual tax credit law that would allow taxpayers to contribute to scholarship organizations up to the April 15th tax filing deadline, similar to an Individual Retirement Account. Currently, a contributor must take action by December 31st.
Last week, the Alliance for School Choice and the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options released an opinion poll on the program and the proposed reform. The poll found that 76 percent of respondents supported the individual tax credit program compared to 12 percent opposed. And supporters of the contribution date change outnumbered opponents by more than two to one.
Arizona's tuition tax credit program expands opportunities for children to attend high quality schools and any improvements furthering this purpose deserve support.
Matthew Ladner is vice president for research at the Goldwater Institute.
-Goldwater Institute: The Impact of Tuition Scholarships on Low-Income Families: A Survey of Arizona School Choice Trust Parents
-Alliance for School Choice, Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options: Public Opinion Poll