On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo attended a rally supporting the Parental Choice in Education Act, which he introduced last week. The Act will provide $150 million in education tax credits annually that reach across a variety of aspects in the education system.

The Governor joined parents, students, elected officials and community leaders​ at Yeshiva Shaare Torah in Brooklyn to rally support for the Parental Choice in Education Act. 

Governor Cuomo also visited and spoke at four churches in New York City: Church of St. Mark Episcopal; The Concord Baptist Church of Christ; First Baptist Church of Crown Heights; and  St. Jude’s Shrine Church.

17166695064_e6cbbf8892_z“This is about fairness and this is about parents choosing the school that is right for their children,” Governor Cuomo said. “We must reward donations to support public schools, give tax credits to teachers who pay for classroom supplies out of pocket, and ease the financial burden on families who exercise choice in sending their children to a nonpublic school. I am pleased to join with local leaders who support these critical issues and understand how we need to get this done.”

Despite their importance as alternative options for parents and students in failing schools, many parochial schools in New York State are experiencing financial hardship, and parents can face steep costs to enroll their children in such schools. Statewide, more than 75 parochial schools have closed in just the last five years, and average tuition can reach as high as $8,500 per student annually.

Therefore, the Parental Choice in Education Act will support important alternatives for parents across the state – especially important for low-income families.



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