Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 5, 2007–A survey released of Arizona voters reveals substantial support for the state’s Individual School Tuition Organization Tax Credit Program – a program that opens the door to a better future for the state’s neediest kids. Of the 300 registered Arizona voters polled, 76 percent of respondents supported the Tuition Tax Credit Program.
“These results reaffirm what we see and hear among the Latino families we work with in Arizona. Voters understand the need for a better education for our minority children. Taxpayers have consistently shown they are willing to support Arizona’s children with their contributions and Arizona’s leaders need to support the majority and realize school choice is not going away,” states Maite Arce, Vice President of Hispanic CREO.
Through the Individual School Tuition Tax Credit Program, taxpayers can receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to a School Tuition Organizations (STOs). These charitable organizations then must use 90 percent of the donations to fund scholarships for low-income students to attend the private school of their parents’ choice. Donations can also be directed to support public or private school’s extracurricular activities. The cap on credits is $500 for individual donors and $1,000 for married persons filing jointly.
Currently, the deadline for donations to the Program is December 31. This year, the Arizona Legislature decided to extend the contribution period through April 15, the same as IRA contributions, so taxpayers would know if the contribution would reduce their tax bill. It has been reported that Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is holding up final action on the state budget in an attempt to oppose the lengthening of the contribution period for the Program. Our hope is that Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano will not oppose the lengthening of the contribution period for the program.
Of those polled, 59 percent supported extending the contribution period. An additional 53 percent of respondents said Gov. Napolitano should not hold up the budget in an effort to thwart the deadline extension.
The poll was conducted by Washington, D.C.- based Wilson Research Strategies. Of those surveyed, 51 percent were registered as Republican voters, while 46 percent were registered Democrats.
“The Wilson Research survey of this past weekend confirms once again that school choice is an important part of the lives of most Arizona citizens. Surveys in 2005, 2006 and now, 2007, have consistently said the same thing: school choice is here to stay.”
During the 2005-2006 school year, individuals donated over $42 million dollars for children to use to attend the school that best met their educational needs. A total of 22,522 scholarships were awarded for children to use at 345 participating private schools. The average scholarship amount, determined annually by the amount of donations, was an all-time high of $1,370. The program was established in 1997.
Hispanic CREO, based in Washington, D.C., was founded to address the crisis in Latino education by empowering Latino families with parental choice in education. For more information, please visit http://www.hcreo.org.