The Senate will soon debate education reform legislation that includes education scholarship accounts that will allow public school students struggling in their current educational setting, students eligible to attend kindergarten or attending school for the first time, or children of active-duty military members to seek alternative educational opportunities.
Known as “Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program”, the legislation creates a tax credit that provides an incentive for taxpayers to make contributions to educational scholarship organizations that offer scholarships to students to attend private or parochial schools. The program would allow taxpayers to receive a state tax credit equal to the total contribution made up to 50% of their individual state tax liability. The total cumulative tax credits available statewide would be $100 million per year for the first year. The program would make over 15,000 scholarships available when it is fully funded.
Many of us have experienced the benefits of private education, but not every child has this opportunity. Because of COVID-19, some families have learned even more about the limitations of their children’s current learning environment. Some families are looking for a way to better meet their child’s needs but have extremely limited options.
The Missouri Catholic Conference, in partnership with the Missouri Council for American Private Education (MoCAPE), encourages you to contact your state Senator and request that they support the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program.
Let your state senator hear from you today!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Click “Send Message” to send a pre-composed message to your senator. Feel free to personalize the message!
- Share this message with your family and friends.
- Report any responses you receive back to the MCC.
- Pray that legislators advance educational scholarship legislation.
MCC doc# 221-11