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A🧵 on why the #KYed ruling last week against #schoolvouchers tax credit scheme matters @NPEaction @Network4pubEd @PV4PS @BadassTeachersA @edvoters

First: a win’s a win. It’s good to see #schoolvouchers stopped anywhere. The push to privatize is so relentless, so well-funded by such a narrow swath of backers, it can feel like swinging in the dark against it.

But more concretely: the KY Court found that #schoolvouchers tax credit shell game was a budget commitment even though it’s not a direct appropriation. Reducing revenue by $10 is the same as spending $10.

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It’s the #schoolvouchers two-step playbook:

❌ set up a bar they know they’ll pass by saying “critics say…”
❌ barely pass and celebrate.

But there’s never discussion of relative effects:

For example there is vastly more and stronger evidence that funding public schools has substantial and long-term effects that dwarf the tiny “competitive effects” on public schools that some #schoolvouchers studies find
#schoolfinance @SchlFinance101 @dsknight84

And Fordham glaringly ignores its own previous study showing that students who actually use #schoolvouchers had test score drops ~ 4x the test gains by competition in the new study @Network4pubEd @OhioPEP @PV4PS

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Houston Chronicle editorial: Ordinary Texans are regularly expected to bear the burden of $billions in corporate welfare to some of America’s wealthiest companies under the false premise that we’re all benefiting somehow.… #Chapter313 #txlege #txed 1/21
While the arrangement is sold as a way to lure new business to Texas and create well-paying jobs, a Chronicle investigation, Unfair Burden, revealed how #Chapter313, the state’s biggest tax incentive program is a wasteful boondoggle.… #txlege #txed 2/21
The #Chapter313 program, named for the section of the Texas Tax Code that enables it, lets companies keep a portion of their property values off of school district tax rolls for a decade. #txlege #txed 3/21
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