NEPC Resources on Tuition Tax Credits
Commentary in the Orlando Sentinel about serious flaws in a report produced by the research arm of the state legislature.
Tuition tax credits for private schools, a policy increasingly popular among advocates of school choice, present us with several riddles. When is a charitable donation not charity? When is a public expenditure not public spending? And what policy can be virtually indistinguishable from a voucher in its effects, but be treated by courts as something very different? The answer to this last question, and the key to answering the first two, is a type of tuition tax credit I call a “neovoucher.”
This policy brief examines empirical research on the demographic characteristics of students and families who actively engage in school choice as well as the research on the motivations, preferences and behavior of families who actively choose schools. Although there have been many surveys asking parents about their preferences for schools or about what they would choose if they had a choice, such studies are not the focus of this brief. Rather, the research reviewed here is only that which focuses on those who have actively chosen a school.
A new analysis says an Arizona program that gives taxpayers a dollar-for-dollar income tax credit for donations to finance tuition grants for private school seems certain to hurt the majority of poor children attending public schools. Also see a related report ("Peer Review of Education Scholarships: Expanding Opportunities for Students, Saving Taxpayers Money") concluding that expanding tax credits to corporations would compound the injustice.
Author: John Gehring Source: Education Week A review of "The Equity Impact of Arizona's Education Tax Credit Program: A Review of the First Three Years," March 25, 2002.
The Equity Impact of Arizona's Education Tax Credit Program: A Review of the First Three Years (1998-2000)
Institution: Arizona State University
This report summarizes the effects of the first three years of the Arizona Education Tax Credit Law. The law, billed as one that benefits low-income families, in practice gives greater benefit to middle and upper-class families.
Source: The Arizona Republic