NY – Non-Public School Parents Subsidize School Taxes by $11.4 billion.

noneycap-socialIn recent times, non-public school parents have been financially struggling to keep their children in their preferred schools while public school taxes have continued to skyrocket. The strain of paying public school taxes as well as their own tuition costs has left them little choice other than to return to the local public school. This problem has caused many non-public schools around NY to close and local school budgets to rise dramatically.


This very real problem has Albany politicians overwhelmingly supporting the Parental Choice Act. This act provides non-public school students roughly $120 million in tax credits and tuition offsets with another $30 million to be spent in public schools through direct donations and tax credits for teachers. These numbers will probably change before the act is passed.


Rhetoric from the opposition does not add up.

All proposals have their detractors and the Parental Choice Act has a small and vocal selection. Mainly, it is the teacher’s unions and their non-profit supporters who have been aggressively promoting their perception of the bill. A common claim is that the bill is a “giveaway for the wealthy” – when in reality anyone can donate.

Another claim is that this bill takes money away from public schools.

“A group of public education advocates quickly released a statement calling the tax credit a scheme to divert millions of dollars away from public education.”


This is an astounding claim since NY schools are enjoying a massive 16.5% increase in funding for this year… the claim is so devoid of rational thought that an investigation into the claim was required.


NY and MD, two peas in a pod.

While looking, we discovered similar claims from similar groups fighting a version of the Education Tax Credit in Maryland. We also found their opposition who put a price tag of $1.5 billion in tax savings non-public school parents provide all MD residents. They boiled that number down to a claim that for every 68 students who leave non-public schools and enter public school it would costs MD taxpayers an additional $1 million. With that baseline, we wondered what NY’s tax increase would look like.


Whydad.net findings:


The numbers below are based on information obtained from the NY Department Of Education website regarding non-public enrollments and reported school budgets in NY for 2013-2014:


  • NY non-public school enrollment – 507,825
  • Median per student expense for public school education – $22,500
  • Value of education entitled to but not rendered to non public school students- $11,452,469,400 (That’s billions)
  • Proposed assistance for non-public parents = 1.0% return for unclaimed services.


While the numbers above are shocking, they don’t paint a very clear picture. Below are the public school districts that enjoy accepting non-public school parent tax money (tax increase offsets) while their children receive no educational services. Bluntly stated, non-public parents are subsidizing your local and state taxes.


Projected local school budget increases for NY residents if non-public schools in their district close and students return to a local public school.

Kiryas Joel Village UFSD 4637.80%
East Ramapo CSD (Spring Valley) 332.82%
Wynantskill UFSD 105.39%
Monroe-Woodbury CSD 95.51%
Lawrence UFSD 92.00%
Mineola UFSD 82.00%
Brighton CSD 71.42%
Greenburgh CSD 69.15%
Hewlett-Woodmere UFSD 66.58%
Jamesville-Dewitt CSD 62.59%
Bridgehampton UFSD 60.38%
Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD 60.30%
UFSD-Tarrytowns 58.91%
Lake Placid CSD 57.02%
Northeast CSD 55.60%
Uniondale UFSD 55.19%
Long Beach City SD 54.52%
Tuxedo UFSD 52.99%
Remsenburg-Speonk UFSD 49.58%
Hicksville UFSD 48.55%
Rye City SD 48.38%
Valley Stream 24 UFSD 47.27%
White Plains City SD 45.96%
Heuvelton CSD 44.63%
South Huntington UFSD 44.24%
Dobbs Ferry UFSD 44.22%
West Hempstead UFSD 43.78%
West Islip UFSD 43.63%
Amherst CSD 43.39%
Bronxville UFSD 41.08%
Ramapo CSD (Suffern) 39.91%
Bellmore UFSD 39.60%
Eldred CSD 37.84%
Glen Cove City SD 35.94%
Pawling CSD 35.89%
New Lebanon CSD 35.56%
Mamaroneck UFSD 35.53%
Kenmore-Tonawanda UFSD 35.46%
Manhasset UFSD 35.11%
Jericho UFSD 34.79%
Schroon Lake CSD 34.65%
Pine Valley CSD (South Dayton) 33.94%
East Aurora UFSD 33.82%
Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD 33.65%
Penfield CSD 33.08%
Garden City UFSD 32.34%
Malverne UFSD 32.21%
New Hyde Park-G City Park UFSD 30.71%
Rensselaer City SD 30.61%
Dundee CSD 30.00%
North Colonie CSD 29.52%
Penn Yan CSD 29.51%
New Rochelle City SD 29.09%
Floral Park-Bellerose UFSD 28.89%
East Hampton UFSD 27.94%
Lansingburgh CSD 27.84%
East Rockaway UFSD 27.56%
Rockville Centre UFSD 27.13%
Fallsburg CSD 26.53%
Yorktown CSD 25.39%
Seaford UFSD 25.32%
Goshen CSD 25.04%
Millbrook CSD 24.88%
Sherman CSD 24.57%
Walton CSD 24.43%
Huntington UFSD 24.28%
Great Neck UFSD 23.92%
Southampton UFSD 23.68%
Elmsford UFSD 23.35%
Clymer CSD 22.99%
Batavia City SD 22.56%
Frontier CSD 22.43%
Arlington CSD 21.96%
Sweet Home CSD 21.56%
Hoosick Falls CSD 21.52%
East Irondequoit CSD 21.48%
Lackawanna City SD 21.27%
Watertown City SD 21.20%
North Merrick UFSD 20.90%
Albany City SD 20.59%
Locust Valley CSD 19.98%
Williamsville CSD 19.66%
Randolph CSD 19.51%
Westbury UFSD 19.40%
Center Moriches UFSD 19.40%
Taconic Hills CSD 19.28%
Gates-Chili CSD 19.12%
Bedford CSD 18.96%
Fillmore CSD 18.78%
Ticonderoga CSD 18.57%
Lewiston-Porter CSD 18.04%
Somers CSD 17.82%
Harrison CSD 17.76%
Herricks UFSD 17.62%
Troy City SD 17.48%
Hempstead UFSD 17.42%
Lancaster CSD 17.38%
West Genesee CSD 17.35%
South Colonie CSD 17.24%
New Paltz CSD 17.00%
Smithtown CSD 16.95%
Plattsburgh City SD 16.55%
Kingston City SD 16.52%
Perry CSD 16.50%
Port Jefferson UFSD 16.48%
Riverhead CSD 16.23%
Northport-East Northport UFSD 16.03%
North Shore CSD 16.02%
Hamilton CSD 15.65%
East Syracuse-Minoa CSD 15.32%
Tonawanda City SD 15.19%
Cortland City SD 15.17%
Wellsville CSD 14.99%
Mt Vernon School District 14.94%
Hancock CSD 14.57%
Niagara-Wheatfield CSD 14.49%
East Islip UFSD 14.37%
Cornwall CSD 14.34%
Norwich City SD 14.24%
Syosset CSD 14.22%
East Greenbush CSD 14.19%
Massena CSD 14.15%
Amityville UFSD 14.14%
Saratoga Springs City SD 14.13%
Nanuet UFSD 14.04%
Glens Falls City SD 13.95%
Avon CSD 13.92%
Iroquois CSD 13.68%
Pittsford CSD 13.63%
Hyde Park CSD 13.46%
Ossining UFSD 13.22%
Plainedge UFSD 13.19%
Corinth CSD 13.14%
Katonah-Lewisboro UFSD 12.95%
Dunkirk City SD 12.56%
Pearl River UFSD 12.39%
Romulus CSD 12.27%
Lynbrook UFSD 12.10%
Bay Shore UFSD 12.06%
Horseheads CSD 11.90%
Valley CSD (Montgomery) 11.88%
West Seneca CSD 11.87%
Scotia-Glenville CSD 11.66%
Orchard Park CSD 11.65%
St Regis Falls CSD 11.64%
Nyack UFSD 11.51%
Monticello CSD 11.37%
Lakeland CSD 11.36%
Elmira City SD 11.26%
Olean City SD 11.21%
Clarkstown CSD 11.12%
11.08% Wappingers CSD 11.08%
Merrick UFSD 11.05%
Three Village CSD 11.01%
Hunter-Tannersville CSD 10.65%
Herkimer CSD 10.64%
Scarsdale UFSD 10.59%
Hamburg CSD 10.54%
Oneida City SD 10.49%
Binghamton City SD 10.45%
Webster CSD 10.33%
West Irondequoit CSD 10.33%
Fayetteville-Manlius CSD 10.30%
Union Springs CSD 10.18%
Eastchester UFSD 10.10%
Niskayuna CSD 10.01%
Corning City SD 9.68%
Massapequa UFSD 9.65%
Geneva City SD 9.59%
Rondout Valley CSD 9.57%
Lockport City SD 9.55%
Ballston Spa CSD 9.45%
Cheektowaga CSD 9.43%
Alden CSD 9.36%
Saranac Lake CSD 9.35%
Malone CSD 9.26%
Beaver River CSD 9.26%
Canton CSD 9.18%
Spackenkill UFSD 9.15%
Utica City SD 8.93%
Port Chester-Rye UFSD 8.91%
Ithaca City SD 8.84%
Johnson City CSD 8.84%
Oswego City SD 8.82%
East Rochester UFSD 8.72%
Gouverneur CSD 8.71%
Pelham UFSD 8.32%
Spencer-Van Etten CSD 8.20%
Peru CSD 8.19%
Port Washington UFSD 8.13%
Honeoye Falls-Lima CSD 7.86%
Lowville Academy & CSD 7.64%
Saugerties CSD 7.60%
Baldwin UFSD 7.57%
Amsterdam City SD 7.56%
Seneca Falls CSD 7.45%
Warwick Valley CSD 7.43%
Central Islip UFSD 7.41%
Carmel CSD 7.35%
Auburn City SD 7.34%
Mattituck-Cutchogue UFSD 7.34%
Belfast CSD 7.30%
Canandaigua City SD 7.27%
North Syracuse CSD 7.13%
Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD 7.00%
Bethlehem CSD 6.98%
Grand Island CSD 6.93%
Owego-Apalachin CSD 6.88%
Geneseo CSD 6.86%
Springville-Griffith Inst CSD 6.52%
Union-Endicott CSD 6.49%
Deer Park UFSD 6.46%
Patchogue-Medford UFSD 6.41%
Liberty CSD 6.31%
Tuckahoe Comn SD 6.11%
Carthage CSD 6.06%
Harborfields CSD 5.95%
North Bellmore UFSD 5.88%
Greenville CSD 5.83%
Cooperstown CSD 5.81%
Haverstraw-Stony Point CSD 5.78%
Freeport UFSD 5.75%
Baldwinsville CSD 5.75%
Commack UFSD 5.71%
Middletown City SD 5.69%
South Seneca CSD 5.62%
Roosevelt UFSD 5.58%
Greece CSD 5.39%
North Tonawanda City SD 5.34%
Gowanda CSD 5.32%
Niagara Falls City SD 5.28%
Clarence CSD 5.18%
Shenendehowa CSD 5.14%
Babylon UFSD 5.00%
Port Jervis City SD 4.97%
Vestal CSD 4.77%
Chautauqua Lake CSD 4.73%
Southwestern CSD At Jamestown 4.69%
Poughkeepsie City SD 4.68%
Hendrick Hudson CSD 4.46%
Friendship CSD 4.42%
Oneonta City SD 4.41%
Wallkill CSD 4.39%
Schenectady City SD 4.37%
Hilton CSD 4.34%
Wantagh UFSD 4.32%
Pine Bush CSD 4.31%
Berne-Knox-Westerlo CSD 4.31%
Ogdensburg City SD 4.25%
Hauppauge UFSD 4.20%
Averill Park CSD 4.06%
Ellenville CSD 3.94%
Port Byron CSD 3.93%
Guilderland CSD 3.89%
Little Falls City SD 3.82%
Westhill CSD 3.74%
Beacon City SD 3.58%
Half Hollow Hills CSD 3.56%
Southern Cayuga CSD 3.53%
Washingtonville CSD 3.46%
Newburgh City SD 3.29%
Madrid-Waddington CSD 3.24%
Dryden CSD 3.23%
Valley Stream 13 UFSD 3.21%
Broadalbin-Perth CSD 3.15%
Elmont UFSD 2.98%
Newark CSD 2.92%
Canajoharie CSD 2.91%
Irvington UFSD 2.84%
Granville CSD 2.78%
Hornell City SD 2.61%
Sayville UFSD 2.53%
Rome City SD 2.48%
Portville CSD 2.45%
Brookhaven-Comsewogue UFSD 2.44%
Sachem CSD 2.39%
Fort Plain CSD 2.36%
Mahopac CSD 2.16%
Rocky Point UFSD 2.16%
Brockport CSD 2.15%
Mt Sinai UFSD 2.09%
Middle Country CSD 2.07%
Brentwood UFSD 1.96%
Rush-Henrietta CSD 1.89%
Camden CSD 1.86%
Cheektowaga-Maryvale UFSD 1.84%
Letchworth CSD 1.81%
Lindenhurst UFSD 1.76%
Waterloo CSD 1.76%
Fonda-Fultonville CSD 1.69%
South Orangetown CSD 1.65%
Hudson City SD 1.64%
Delaware Academy CSD At Delhi 1.57%
South Country CSD 1.50%
Wilson CSD 1.46%
Bath CSD 1.36%
Medina CSD 1.26%
Copiague UFSD 1.24%
Mount Markham CSD 1.05%
Pulaski CSD 1.02%
Sag Harbor UFSD 0.95%
Sullivan West CSD 0.92%
Levittown UFSD 0.88%
Brewster CSD 0.85%
Hannibal CSD 0.77%
Farmingdale UFSD 0.76%
Cohoes City SD 0.47%
Cobleskill-Richmondville CSD 0.46%
Whitney Point CSD 0.40%
Hudson Falls CSD 0.34%
Schuylerville CSD 0.06%



In summation,

Every child in NY is guaranteed a seat in a public school and whether a student is placed in or out of public school is a parental choice. However, paying the taxes to support the public school system is not. Once you understand that the non-public school down near you may be holding back 1,000 or more students from entering your local district… a $500 tuition credit to help their parents afford this tax discount may seem very reasonable. Some would call the Education Tax Credit a grand bargain. Call your representatives and ask them where they stand. They either support an $11.4 billion education budget increase or they support an attempt to stop a massive increase in taxes from becoming a reality.




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  • LI girl

    If you make the choice to pay for private school it is your choice-just like going out of network for a doctor. Don’t complain about the cost. You could get a free education for your child. If you can’t afford private school then stop complaining and send your child to public school. Unlike public schools, private schools are free to take huge private donations to offset costs. You can’t donate a used TV without going before the school board and undergoing scrutiny. The $500 is nothing when tuition is $10,000 for a private school.

    • http://www.whydad.net whydad

      This isn’t a complaint, this is a recognition that if a local private or parochial school closes, some if not all of those students will return to the public school. The parents of those student as well as the community are already paying the required tax to support the system. Additional tax money will be required to support the additional students.