Pastor Glenn R. Dennard and his wife Rhonda have six children and live in a neighborhood in South Phoenix, Ariz. with poorly performing public schools.
But since 1998, they have been taking advantage of an Arizona law aimed at encouraging greater educational choice for disadvantaged elementary school children. Through the program, five of the Dennard children have been able to attend private schools. The eldest two have moved on to college.
The 1997 law allows state residents to receive a tax credit for contributions to nonprofit organizations that in turn give scholarships to public school students who want to attend private schools.
“When I learned about the program,” said Pastor Dennard, “I said, ‘what a blessing’; an organization with the sole purpose of allowing people who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to the best schools, access to the best.”
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