Another private school makes it clear that it is not scamming the private school tax credit. This is from Fred Assaf, the head of school at Pace Academy, to parents at the Atlanta private school:
You may have seen the article in Tuesday’s New York Times that explores problems with the implementation of private school tax credit programs in Georgia and other states. The report focuses specifically on Georgia schools manipulating the program. Pace, as you know, has participated in the tax credit program since its inception in an ethical manner, which is consistent with both the letter and the spirit of the law.
I want to assure you that the misconduct described in this article is not happening at Pace. We have and will continue to administer tax credit funds through our rigorous financial aid process. All financial aid dollars, including tax credit funds, are given to families with demonstrated financial need. I feel good about what Pace is doing. We are ethical in our treatment of all of these funds and, as a result, provide extraordinary opportunities for deserving students.
If you ever have any questions about this or other Pace programs, please feel free to ask. We hope that you will continue to participate in this wonderful program. Please feel free to call me directly if you would like to discuss.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog