ALBANY — Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Gov. Cuomo pressed state lawmakers to pass a controversial education tax credit Monday while more than 100 clergy members signed a letter urging the governor to abandon it.
The Clergy Campaign for Social and Economic Justice said Cuomo’s proposal would provide “unaccountable tax relief in the funding of private education for the wealthiest among us.”
Clergy members also opposed Cuomo’s effort to raise the state’s cap on charter schools.
"The governor's agenda appears to be an assault on public schools, on behalf of wealthy donors and corporate interests,” said the Rev. Michael Walrond Jr. of the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem.
Charter schools have harmed Catholic schools greatly, so really, the Catholic diocese at large should be opposed to an increase in the charter cap.
Many students in past years who might have attended Catholic schools now attend charters.
But in the usual quid pro quo that is politics, Dolan and Company remain mum on the charter cap so that they have a chance to see tax credits passed for private and Catholic schools.
So far, the heavy hearts in the Assembly have said they will hold the line and not pass the Cuomo private/Catholic school tax credit bill.
We'll see if that continues.