Rally Urges Support for Education Tax Credit

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Parents, students and teachers from nine catholic schools in Buffalo are urging Assemblyman Sean Ryan to support Governor Cuomo's proposed education tax credit.

They marched outside Ryan's office building Wednesday, and to their surprise, they were allowed inside to make their case. Supporters said the tax credit would benefit students and teachers by increasing scholarship money for private education. 

"For kids it's not really a choice, its a chance," said Sister Carol Cimino, Diocese of Buffalo superintendent. "It's a chance to get an excellent education that's based in religious values.  And you can't beat that, you can't take that away ever from kids."

Ryan argues the legislation is flawed, saying a handful of large corporations or wealthy people would likely use up the entire allowable tax credit for donations to a small number of private schools, leaving nothing for anyone else.

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