Councilman and Education Committee Chair Wilson Terrero has scheduled an Education Committee Meeting for Tuesday, February 8th, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in the Yonkers City Council Chambers, City Hall, 4th floor.
1. Tuition Tax Credit – Legislation introduced by Councilmember Gronowski.
2. Bernard P.Pierorazio – Superintendent of Schools will update the Education Committee on the impact of the budget.
3. Any additional items that may properly come before this committee.
Yonkers Third District Councilmember Joan Gronowski last introduced legislation calling for a “Tuition Tax Credit”, co-sponsored by Minority Leader John Murtagh, which would assist low and middle-income families in sending their children to a bona fide school of their choice, and would relieve the state of some of the burden of funding public education by allowing more students to attend private schools.
Gronowski first introduced this legislation in February 2009, but it died in committee without ever having been discussed. Gronowski reintroduced the legislation again on November 17, 2010, and now on February 8, 2011. Gronowski said, “With the increased closings of parochial elementary schools throughout the state, it is imperative that remedies be offered to those parents who have opted to send their children to private and parochial school, but who are still obligated to fund the public school system via their tax dollars. Moreover, it is inevitable that the closures of these elementary schools will lead to a student feeder effect on the public schools, and will tax their limited resources and put a further burden on the taxpayer.” Gronowski continued, “Parochial high schools will also suffer due to loss of the natural progression of students from parochial/private elementary schools.”
Arizona, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida and Iowa are among states with an education tax credit.