Parents for Educational Freedom NC, pushing a bill that would give corporations 100 percent tax breaks for contributions to private school scholarships, says more than 4,000 people have called lawmakers in less than a week supporting the measure.
The group had a big march and rally for the bill a few weeks ago. Scholarships would be available to students from families with incomes not more than 225 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $50,000 for a family of four.
The bill has not had a committee hearing, but Minority Leader Paul Stam, an Apex Republican, continued to work on revisions last week.
The bill is highly controversial. NAACP President William Barber criticized the proposal yesterday as a plan to privatize schools.
In a letter to legislative leaders, Barber wrote: "The Stam Plan will cause North Carolina to lose much-needed revenue from wealthy corporations. They can divert the tax money they owe to the state to private nonprofits to finance private schools."
Parents for Educational Freedom President Darrell Allison countered with his own statement: "The perception that this measure is part of a right wing, anti-public school agenda is not the case. Low income parents don’t care what the educational model is, whether public or private. They just want a school that works."