Group pushing for school scholarship tax credits hopeful ahead of 2017 legislative session

08/21/2016 11:35 AM

It’s the time of year when kids are getting up early, packing a lunch and heading off to school, but for many parents where the bus drops off students is a major issue.

While many groups call for charter schools, EdChoice Kentucky, is calling for a tax credit scholarship which would allow for some students living in impoverished areas to attend private educational institutions.

Charles Leis is the recently named president of EdChoice Kentucky, and as he explained businesses and banks would receive a tax credit for donating funds to charitable organizations that provide needs-based scholarships for children to attend the non-public school of their parents’ choice.

To enact the change the state would need to amend current statutes to allow the tax credit into law.

Leis recently appeared on Pure Politics and explained how he envisioned the system working and why, he says, it would not impact public schools.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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