The Indiana Republicans just can’t get enough of trouncing on our public school system and the parents who stand by it. Once again, just to reinforce their love of anything non-public, Republicans gussied up the now-legal package of enticements to draw students away from Indiana’s public schools.
A beneficial tax deduction – one not available on an equal basis to the parents of public school students – was included in last year’s legislation. Come April 17th, parents of home-schooled students and private school students will be the beneficiaries of a tax deduction of $1,000. But, if your children attend our public schools, don’t look under the Christmas tree – or for a tax-line deduction – for an extra gift to help with all the hundreds of dollars in expenses attendant to public school enrollment.
The presents are all going to the private schools and the charter schools while throwing in a bone to home-schoolers. The Republican war on our public school system is inexcusable, and, make no mistake, it is a war. Daniels and Bennett have made no bones – or apologies for that matter – about their desire to weaken our public schools. While they continue to pooh-pooh that assertion, folks, actions speak louder than words.