Expanding educational opportunity with scholarship tax credit

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Massachusetts Constitution declares that the preservation of its citizens rights and liberties depends upon “spreading the opportunities and advantages of education” to all children, no matter their income.

Unfortunately, the Bay State’s educational system fails to live up to that vision. Access to a good school too often depends on a family’s ability to afford a home in an expensive community. But Massachusetts can break the tie between education and housing by enacting a scholarship tax credit law to expand educational opportunity for tens of thousands of low-income students.

Massachusetts is internationally competitive in math and science and consistently ranks among the very top performers on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called “the nation’s report card,” but these aggregate scores obscure the reality that performance varies considerably across districts, particularly along socio-economic lines.

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