The latest mailer from a group backing the passage of the education investment tax credit features Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as an example of the type of person who could benefit from the measure being approved.

The mailer from the Coalition for Opportunity in Education, sent to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, has an English and Spanish-language version.

Sotomayor, a Bronx native, attended a now-closed parochial school while growing up. The mailer features a quote in 2013 from the Supreme Court justice on the impact of struggling inner city schools.

“The schools that suffer are the schools in poor neighborhoods,” she is quoted as saying. “And they’re the ones with the least resources to absorb the loss…. These are people who rely on institutions like this to give their kids an opportunity in life.”

The mailer is part of a broader campaign to pressure Assembly Democrats into supporting the legislation, which is aimed at spurring donations to public schools and scholarship programs benefiting private and parochial schools.

“All families deserve a choice when it comes to their child’s education,” the mailer states. “Unfortunately, many families across New York State are struggling financially to make that right choice.”

Tax credit supporters say support is growing in the Assembly for the measure, a version of which previously was approved in the Republican-led Senate.

Assemblyman Peter Abbate became the latest lawmaker in the Democratic conference to back the bill.

Nevertheless, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says the measure remains a difficult one for the conference to approve and that he would only allow a vote if a majority of Democratic lawmakers are on board.

A counter campaign against the tax credit bill, meanwhile, is also being waged by the New York State United Teachers.

IIE1505 – Morelle English by Nick Reisman