Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (June 30, 2020)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Leslie Boggs:
“National PTA is disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, allowing taxpayer dollars to be diverted to private schools. Tax credits and vouchers fund the education of only a few, select students; divert resources from the students and schools that need it the most; and lack accountability measures. National PTA opposes any private school choice system that drains vital public-school resources. Public dollars must remain in public schools for the benefit of all students and the future of our nation.
“Our public education system provides all children access to opportunities, experiences and knowledge that improve their overall well-being—regardless of their race, religion, ability or socioeconomic status. Taxpayer dollars for education must carry the responsibility for providing public access, governance and accountability. National PTA has long advocated for equitable, high-quality public education to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
“As part of this advocacy work, National PTA joined with the National School Boards Association to file an amicus brief in opposition to the tax credit scholarship program. Our association remains committed to advocating for public dollars to remain in public schools so that every child’s potential becomes a reality.”
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