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Snopes Validates Public Education Advocates’ Handwringing over GOP “Tax Reform”

December 6, 2017

With so much misinformation and hyperbole on the internet, misinformation and hyperbole that is quickly spread by social media, the fact checking Snopes web page serves as an invaluable asset. Snopes investigated this assertion that I read on more than one post on Facebook:

The 2017 tax reform bill eliminates personal deductions for state and local taxes (primary sources of public school funding), while offering tax breaks for parents who send their children to private schools.

After a close reading of analyses of the “Tax Reform” bill they concluded that the statement was true. They also weighed in on a corollary assertion, flagging it as “a bit hyperbolic” but also true. Here is the statements that conditionally passed muster:

Until now, your income that paid for public schools (via state & local taxes) wasn’t taxed by the federal government. GOP bill ends that. Instead, they’re now creating a tax break for *private* school tuition.

The GOP is, in effect, defunding public schools to fund private schools. This is a straight-up war on public education.

The Snopes rejoinder offered analyses from the Government Finance Officers Association (an organization of public finance officials), the Tax Policy Center, the National Education Association (NEA), and Forbes. These sources all came to the same conclusion: the “Tax reform” bill will effectively transfer funds for public education away from children raised in poverty toward children raised in affluence… and, in doing so will contribute to the ever widening economic divide in this country.



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