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The Baltimore Sun's recent editorial ("School aid win-win," March 30) on Gov. Larry Hogan's tax credit education bill fails to address key reasons why the Maryland legislature has rejected the legislation in various forms since 2006.

The program — a right-wing-created policy would that give tax credits to corporations for contributions ultimately made to private schools — has a number of flaws. It would siphon taxpayer dollars from the general fund, which supports our public schools, who already fall short on resources. The program would take $30 million in its first three years, and likely much more down the road (as seen in Pennsylvania where the program has ballooned to over $80 million annually). Despite rhetoric regarding school choice, research from other states shows the vast majority of those who benefit are students who already attend private school.

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But perhaps the biggest danger with Governor Hogan's proposal is the way participating schools would be allowed to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, teachers and staff. Readers may not be aware that private and religious schools in Maryland are legally permitted to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Equality Maryland and many other organizations in Maryland strongly believe that public dollars should not be subsidizing discrimination. Gov. Hogan's legislation does nothing to prohibit this discrimination in Maryland. In light of Indiana's recently passed law that has created a national firestorm, Maryland legislators, who, by and large, have been supportive of fairness and equality, should firmly reject these efforts.

Carrie L. Evans

The writer is executive director of Equality Maryland.

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