Tax Credits for Elementary and Secondary School Tuition?

American Jewish Committee (AJC), July 1981

Congress is now considering a bill that would grant individuals a Federal tax credit for tuition fees paid to non-public elementary and secondary schools, both secular and religious. The proposal has precipitated heated public debate, largely centering on the "establishment clause" in the First Amendment and on issues of educational policy. Supporters of the proposed tax credit cite the right of parents to send their children to whatever schools they prefer and the burden of paying both private-school tuition fees and public school taxes. Opponents argue that such tax credits would violate the Constitutional separation of Church and State and undermine the system of public education essential to a pluralistic democracy.

Topic: Schools, Religion and State, Public Policy, Government

Name of Publication: Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers

Volume/Issue: 6

Page Number(s): 1--10

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Tax Credits for Elementary and Secondary School Tuition?. Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers. American Jewish Committee (AJC). July 1981: 1--10.


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