Tax Credit to Help Schools

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Thousands of people will rally outside the First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo, Wednesday, in support of the Education Investment Tax Credit. This tax credit is meant to encourage people to donate to public and private schools in order to give students more resources and options of schools to attend.

More then 10,000 teachers, parent students and leaders in the community will rally in support of this legislation. Hannya Boulos is with Buffalo ReformED. The program is an education advocacy non-profit. She said it's important to the future of our schools and helps education in three ways.

"The first way is to our public schools. What it would do is create a dollar for dollar credit for people who chose to donate to a public school. That money will go to anything from after school program, art enrichment to sports," Boulos said.

The second part is encouraging donations to private non-profit organizations that provide scholarships to students attending parochial and private schools.

"One such organization is the Bison Fund. This is well-known in Buffalo and it gives opportunities and freedoms to families looking for options," Boulos said.

Finally, the legislation would reimburse teachers for school supplies that they paid for out of pocket.

"This credit will provide a $75 credit directly in the hands of teachers to purchase some of those school supplies," Boulos said.

Although Boulos said this is a win-win for everyone, there are still some critics. Those against the proposal worry that this tax program will take money away from the public school system.

Recently, the bill has passed the State Senate. Boulos said the goal of the rally is to encourage the Assembly to also vote in favor of this legislation.

The rally will take place at the First Niagara Center at 10 a.m.

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