Efficiency and Educational Opportunity
This is an issue that we at AFPVA are following very closely this legislative session as well. Our leader here at VACostCutting, Delegate Saxman, has introduced a fairly comprehensive measure, HB1294, the Education Investment Act, which is modeled in part after the successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program in Pennsylvania.
School choice programs should be examined as an opportunity to save taxpayer dollars and improve the quality and efficiency of public education. This can be a win-win for parents, for students, for teachers and for taxpayers, as it provides increased educational opportunities, while also reducing the burden on public schools.
It is interesting that a couple of years ago Governor Warner was promoting an increase in funding for the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) for Virginia students who choose to attend non-state-funded colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. His main argument was this was a cost-savings measure, because when students who decided to go to private colleges or universities rather than state-funded schools it saved the state money on the costs associated with educating those students.
If it makes sense for college/university students, shouldn’t we also look at this type of program as an option for K-12 students as well?