Louisiana Scores One for School Choice

Louisiana parents looking to have a choice in their children’s education score one in Louisiana:

Starting in 2010, Louisiana parents will be allowed to deduct certain education expenses (including private school tuition) from their state income tax bill, thanks to a new law passed by the state legislature. Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to sign the measure. When he does, Louisiana will become the 14th state to provide public support for private school choice. (For an overview of school choice programs across the nation, see this recent Heritage report.)

Louisiana’s new tax deduction will provide some tax relief for Louisiana private school families, who are essentially paying twice for education—once, by paying taxes to support public schools and, again, by paying their own child’s tuition costs. For some families, the tax deduction could provide as much as $300 in annual savings.

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