- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing tax credits of up to $500 for low-income families who enroll their children in private schools.

The Democratic governor announced the measure Tuesday at an event on Long Island where he was joined by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Cuomo also wants the state to offer tax credits for private donations to public schools and scholarships for students from low- and middle-income families who attend either private schools or public schools outside of their local district.

The governor says the measure is intended to help parents make the best educational decisions for their children. Cuomo wants lawmakers to pass the measure this year.

The proposal would also give public school teachers a tax credit of up to $200 a year for classroom supplies.

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