Patrick Rooney, who died last September, was one of the early leaders to provide parents with educational choice. He started the first private voucher program where funds from charitable donations are used to give “portable” scholarships (privately funded vouchers) to low income children to help them attend the private school of their parents’ choice.
This private voucher program became the forerunner of the “scholarship organization” which is the centerpiece of every tuition tax credit program.
Rooney did not live to see a school choice program enacted in his state.But today a tuition tax credit program has been enacted in Indiana. During this celebration, let’s remember him and dedicate this victory to him.