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Assembly Bill 943
“Amendment to the Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law.”
Gives a tax credit to individuals and corporations who donate to an organization that gives private-school scholarships to children with disabilities, children in foster care, and children from low-income families. It was introduced on Feb. 22, 2013 by Rep. Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, and has not yet left committee.

Senate Bill 693
“Amendment to the Personal Income Tax Law.”
Gives a tax credit to low-income and middle-income parents of children attending public, private or charter schools. It was introduced on Feb. 22, 2013 by Sen. Lou Carrea, D-Santa Ana, and has not yet left committee.


The likelihood that the two tax credit scholarship proposals pending in the legislature will gain traction is slim. Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has not held a favorable view of school vouchers. Moreover, a referendum from 2000 that would have created a statewide voucher system was shot down by 71 percent of California voters, dissuading legislators from pushing the issue.

Nevertheless, school-choice spending in California has been considerable. In March’s Board of Education elections for Los Angeles, proponents of school choice -- including Michelle Rhee, Rupert Murdoch, and Michael Bloomberg -- poured in $4 million in support for pro-school choice candidates, with varying degrees of success.

Get more information on the ALEC education bill that was introduced in California in 2013, The Open Enrollment Act (AB 1279).

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