Students Win in Court Ruling

April 10, 2011 by  

Congressman Trent Franks, author of the legislation creating the Arizona tuition tax credit program, comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling:  

Franks Praises Supreme Court Ruling on AZ Tuition Tax Credit Program

April 4, 2011 – Following today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in which challenges to Arizona’s Scholarship Tax Credit program were thrown out, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) released the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling marks a brighter day for America’s children and coming generations.

“Whether and how our children are educated represents, perhaps more than any other factor, the paradigm of America’s future.

“Ultimately, one of two people will decide the academic, philosophical and spiritual composition of that education. It will be a bureaucrat who doesn’t know the child’s name, or a parent who would pour their last drop of blood out on behalf of the child they love.”

“Today’s decision is a landmark step toward Mom and Dad in that equation.”

“Most significantly, the Court made clear that funds applied through the Arizona Tuition Tax Credit program are private funds: “[challengers’] position assumes that income should be treated as if it were government property, even if it has not come into the tax collector’s hands.  That premise finds no basis in standing jurisprudence. Private bank accounts cannot be equated with the Arizona State Teasury.”

“The Scholarship Tax Credit has now allowed over 250,000 children in America to receive the best education possible, and today, more than 100,000 children are under scholarship thanks to the program, and are receiving a quality education that, in most cases, would not have otherwise have occurred.”

“It was April of 1997, when a group of 47 valiant state legislators — including 31 House members and 16 senators — and the Governor of Arizona united to pass Arizona’s historic Scholarship Tax Credit legislation. Since then, liberal activists — including representatives from teachers’ unions, the NEA, and the ACLU — have sensed their autocratic grasp on America’s education system slipping and have spent the past fourteen years doing everything within their power to derail this revolutionary Scholarship Tax Credit program.

“With this decision, I hope those attacks will end, and the Scholarship Tax Credit approach will now be enacted across the nation; and that, someday, millions of American children will find a brighter future as a result.”

Congressman Franks authored the legislation that originally created the Arizona Tuition Tax Credit program and has, in the years since, continued to fight for putting decisions regarding children’s education back in the hands of parents, rather than government, including through the Children’s Hope Act (H.R. 485), which he introduced earlier this year and encourages states to enact their own version of the Scholarship Tax Credit program that has been so successful in Arizona.

Congressman Franks is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

Read ADF:  Thousands of Childrens Education Saved at U.S. Supreme Court

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