Rep. Steve Yarbrough told our reporter the East Valley Tribune’s exposé on STOs and private school tuition tax credits was slanted to fit the pre-determined story angle that the tax credits were ineffective and are being abused. “I’m waiting for a discussion of the positives of school choice,” he said yesterday (Aug. 3). “But that doesn’t fit the bias of the publication, in my view.” For instance, he said there was no mention of the General Fund savings created: If the students using the scholarships went to public schools, it would cost “three to four times as much” in state funding.
Saturday’s story focused on the lack of oversight on the donations to STOs and the ways in which the system, which was touted by some proponents as a way to increase private school access for poor students, has only served to help more “privileged” students attend private schools. Yarbrough complained the reporters, Ryan Gabrielson and Michelle Reese, “cherry-picked” parents who could afford tuitions but still took the scholarships.
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