Brandon made two promises on the campaign trail on educaiton, and Friday he was able to keep both promises he made to constituents. Rep. Marcus Brandon is a co-sponsor of the "Tax Fairness in Education Bill" "I understand that this bill is somewhat controversial, but it does not have to be, if both sides listen to each other, but more importantly listien to their constitutents." Brandon promised that he would support giving educational decision making back to the stakeholders- students, parents, and teachers, so they can determine what is best for their student, their school, and their community. Brandon also promised that he would protect public education at all cost, noting that our public school system is still the best option for the majority of his constitutents and that it is imperative that we continue to fight for a strong public school system. Brandon is working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to ensure that we do just that. Click on here to watch to Rep. Brandon discuss this bill with News and Record reporter Mark Binker.
House Bill 41 Tax Fairness in Education will give tax credits to working class families who make less than $100,000 married, or $60,000 a year single to receive a $2500 tax credit if the family chooses to use an alternative form of education. Brandon said in a statement " I believe this is strong, because there is no redistribution of wealth, the rich cannot access this credit, this bill is intended for the families who want another option for their student, but cannot afford it."
Brandon also has an amendment in the bill to protect public education. The amendment says that we cannot use public education funding to support this tax credit, that alternative funding needs to pay for alternative education. "I believe in our public schools, I am a product of public schools, and this is not the year to take funding out of public schools."
But Brandon makes it clear that "there is not a one size fits all solution, that its my responsibility to support all forms of education- charter, private, home, and public. I have constituents that attend all of these institutions and its my job as a representative to support all of them. I made this promise on the campaign trail, received 70% of the vote with that promise, and I will keep that promise