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Trump’s School Choice Victory is Just the Beginning

  Op-Ed by Thomas W. Carroll, The Hill (Washington, DC), December 31, 2017 Parents and others will have a new tax-advantaged way to save money for their children to attend the public, private or religious school of their choice under the tax reform plan recently adopted by the U.S. Congress with President Trump’s support. Under the … Continue reading Trump’s School Choice Victory is Just the Beginning


How the GOP Tax Overhaul Could Impact Your Kid’s Education

#EdTaxCredit50 Coalition executive director Thomas Carroll was recently featured in a December 28th Miami Herald story by Kyra Gurney entitled “How the GOP Tax Overhaul Could Impact Your Kid’s Education.” According to the story: “The sweeping $1.5 trillion tax overhaul President Donald Trump signed into law last week will likely impact many areas of American … Continue reading How the GOP Tax Overhaul Could Impact Your Kid’s Education


Passage of Tax Reform Plan a Tremendous Victory for Parents

The passage of the tax reform legislation is a huge victory for parents because it: – Provides the most significant victory for school choice in 20 Years – Expansion of 529 accounts will make it easier for families to save for K-12 education expenses WASHINGTON, DC— #EdTaxCredit50 Coalition executive director Thomas Carroll issued the following … Continue reading Passage of Tax Reform Plan a Tremendous Victory for Parents


Keeping His Promise About School Choice

by Thomas W. Carroll, Washington Times, December 15, 2017 During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump spoke passionately and often about school choice. Some school choice advocates, however, are beginning to rumble about the lack of progress on this key domestic policy promise. This grumbling has been building for some time among “talking heads” … Continue reading Keeping His Promise About School Choice


U.S. Supreme Court Sides With Religion in Trinity Lutheran Case

In a 7-2 decision, the US Supreme Court today ruled that religious institutions cannot be excluded from otherwise available government benefit programs. The specific case concerned playground surface materials. This decision could have major implications for state Blaine Amendments. The decision also could undercut the proposal of some in the US Congress to fashion a … Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Sides With Religion in Trinity Lutheran Case


Faith and Federalism: The Key Decision Points for a K–12 Scholarship Tax Credit

by Thomas W. Carroll As the Senate continues to attempt a fix of Obamacare, debate continues on the contours of a sweeping federal tax reform to be acted upon once health care is put to bed. The idea of a national K–12 scholarship tax credit continues to gain steam as a key aspect of overall … Continue reading Faith and Federalism: The Key Decision Points for a K–12 Scholarship Tax Credit


Making a National K-12 Scholarship Tax Credit Subject to State-Level Approval Likely Runs Afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s Uniformity Clause

The Trump Administration remains committed to action on school choice. A leading candidate for action is the idea of a national K-12 scholarship tax credit, borrowing an idea that 17 states already have adopted. Some school-choice advocates have suggested making any such national tax credit subject to state approval. This philosophical position is partly a … Continue reading Making a National K-12 Scholarship Tax Credit Subject to State-Level Approval Likely Runs Afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s Uniformity Clause


Trump Administration Releases Broad Parameters for Tax Plan; No Details on School Choice Yet

Today, the Trump Administration released the broadest of parameters for the tax-reform plan it expects to negotiate with the U.S. Congress. Details on the Trump Administration’s school-choice initiative, however, have not yet been released. It is widely speculated that the Trump Administration is considering a national tax credit to spur an increase in charitable donations … Continue reading Trump Administration Releases Broad Parameters for Tax Plan; No Details on School Choice Yet


Trump’s Tax Plan And America’s New ‘Scholarship Moms’

by Thomas Carroll, Forbes, March 27, 2017, 11:57 am President Trump’s speech to Congress early this month highlighted the historic opportunity the new administration has to address tax and our education crisis and provide opportunity to kids across America trapped in under-performing schools. For America’s dealmaker-in-chief, school choice offers the ability to put a legislative … Continue reading Trump’s Tax Plan And America’s New ‘Scholarship Moms’


State-Level Scholarship Tax Credits: An Analysis of Provisions By State

State-Level Scholarship Tax Credits: An Analysis of Provisions By State (PDF) March 2017 This summary identifies and compares the key aspects of state scholarship tax credit laws, including the year each law was adopted, whether the tax credits are available to individuals and/or businesses, share of individual donations eligible for tax credits, maximum tax credits available to … Continue reading State-Level Scholarship Tax Credits: An Analysis of Provisions By State