Write to Reply: Article should have better explained tax credit uses

Your tax donations help public schools, but only for certain things. They can pay for certain testing materials, pay for some testing fees, and extracurricular events.

Your tax donation cannot pay for additional teachers, more programs, or try to balance the inequities in day to day education.

Edmond Richard

Edmond Richard

The education of students at Coronado High School day-in and day-out should not be impacted by your tax donations. The amount of tax donations, the state grade of the school, and the level of students on free and reduced lunch are not linked together. Let us start with tax donations.

Tax donations usage is strictly constrained by law, so they are limited in use. Your donation may help purchase certain types of test prep materials, but not a new teacher at the school. So the fees to take the PSAT, SAT, or ACE exams can be paid by your tax donation. Your donation can not give the school an additional English teacher, a new program, or a set of new math books.

Those critical educational items cannot be purchased or funded with your tax donations. Those are the items that directly impact the grade Coronado gets from the state.

The state grade for Coronado is not based on tax donations. So while certain test prep materials can be purchased with tax donations, the day-to-day education cannot be supplemented by your tax donation. Coronado can raise its state grade with additional tutoring, more intense or different educational methods, but none of those will be paid for with tax credits. The grade for the school is based on the day to day education happening inside Coronado.

Every day there is a larger percentage of students at Coronado who qualify for free or reduced lunch. To qualify for that school lunch program, the student’s family income must meet a certain percentage of the federal poverty guidelines.

Those children and families do not get help with your tax donations directly. Your donation may make the difference for giving that child a chance to take the SAT. That student will not get a better lunch or a more class time with your tax donation.

Please continue to assist Coronado high school with your tax donations. Don’t expect your donation to increase programs, fund more teachers, or make a ‘even playing field’ for education. Educational equality is not achieved by donations; it is only achieved by the school district providing more equitable and enhanced programs.

To get the ‘even playing field’ at Coronado High School we need more than just tax donations.

Editor’s note: Mr. Richard, a Scottsdale resident, is participating in the Independent’s write-to-reply program in response to a recently published article that can be found here. The Independent welcomes all viewpoints to all issues.

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