It does not appear that legislators will vote on the Parental Choice in Education Act during the current legislative session, which was scheduled to end June 17 but has been extended into this week.
Catholics throughout the state, led by New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and the New York State Catholic Conference, had pushed for the passage of the legislation, which would have provided $150 million in tax credits intended to support and protect alternative school options for parents and students in New York state.
"We are disappointed that, once again, we have come up short, but we will redouble our efforts next year to make this common-sense bill become law. We remain ever more committed to the principle of parental choice in education," Cardinal Dolan, president of the state Catholic conference, said in a June 23 statement.
Cardinal Dolan said he was heartened, however, by news that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the leadership of the state Senate and Assembly had put together the framework of an agreement that would, among other things, enable the payment of $250 million in unreimbursed mandated services to Catholic and other religious and nonpublic schools throughout the state.
As of June 24, this agreement has not yet been finalized or voted upon by the members of the Assembly and Senate, and it’s unclear when such a vote might take place, according to Dennis Poust, communications director for the Catholic conference.