Students from Holy Angels Academy cheer Bishop Richard J. Malone as they attend the Invest in Education rally at the First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo in support of the Education Investment Tax Credit.
(Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer)
More than 10,000 people, mostly Catholic school students, attended an “Invest in Education” rally at the First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo Wednesday morning to support legislation that would provide tax credits for school expenses and donations.
The legislation, which is known as the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill, would allow individuals and businesses to earn tax credits by donating to public and private schools, as well as scholarship funds. If passed, the bill would benefit organizations like the BISON Fund, which provides needy students with scholarships to attend private schools. It would also provide tax benefits to teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies.
Supporters of the bill believe it benefits both public and private schools. The bill has passed the state senate in the past, but has yet to be approved by the assembly. read more...