To the editor:
Most well to do families with kids in private school are looking at the proposed Education Tax Cut as a free lunch; they’ll get back the money they had been taxed for public education and use it to buy Mom a new Porsche or Dad a new boat; they might even, someday, maybe, be able to retire.
The Universal Law of Infinitely Expanding Budgetary Requirements states that the very minute any organization to which you are contractually obligated recognizes that you, their constituents, as a class, have more money available that can be acquired by that organization, said organization will find some excuse to requisition that extra money from you.
If New York state does pass the Education Tax Cuts, you, dear parent, won’t see a red cent one of that tax cut. I guarantee you, the private schools are, at this very moment, making plans on how to spend that Education Tax Cut, and tuition, naturally, will have to expand to absorb every dime of that ETC. If the school doesn’t get it, you can bet the phys ed and science lab suppliers, the text book publishers or the school supply companies will. You got it, they know it, and they know how to get it from you because they know you wouldn’t dare deny junior the perks that you have been assured are absolutely necessary for a quality education.
The ETC will cut public school funding by a third, but no parent will see any of it.