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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 3:54pm

Democrats Take Stance On School Tax Credit And More

Democrats in the state House have introduced a few education measures. The bills address cyber bullying, parental involvement in public schools and the more controversial public dollars funding private institutions.

Democratic House members want to do away with a tax credit for corporations that funds scholarships for private schools.

The credit has nearly reached its $50 million cap this year and hurts public education, says House minority leader Stacey Abrams.

"If we tell students we want you to achieve and learn we must make certain the resources are available for them to do so. Fifty million dollars is a lot of money. It’s money that can put nurses back in classes, can extend class days, can fund pre-K and put the fundamental investment in education," Abrams says.

Democrats also proposed a bill that would add bullying via cell phone and internet to existing school bullying law.

Another measure would make employers recognize parental involvement at school as just reasons to take leave from work.