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The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling
By Kevin G. Welner

"Tuition tax credits reveal their distinctive characteristics only when exposed to light shone from several different perspectives: the law, philosophy, and empirical research. Welner is one of the few persons capable of analyzing this movement to privatize public education from each of these points of view." —Gene V Glass, Regents' Professor, Arizona State University

While school vouchers have captured the headlines, a different policy has captured the students. Tuition tax credit laws are now entrenched in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Iowa, and Georgia, and they affect far more students. Yet few people understand the nature of these policies or the political and legal issues surrounding them.

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the structure, legality, and policy implications of tuition tax credits, which have garnered only scant attention even while expanding to cover more students than the voucher policies they're designed to emulate. At a time when tax credit policies are becoming a major form of American school choice, this book offers insights into both the strengths and weakness of the approach.

Kevin G. Welner is associate professor of education and director of the Education and the Public Interest Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: "Something So Close to Vouchers"
  • Chapter 3: Preferring Preferences: Taxes as Policy Instruments
  • Chapter 4: Current Knowledge on the Nature and Effects of Tax Credit Voucher Policies
  • Chapter 5: Taxing the Establishment Clause: Exploring the Constitutional Issues
  • Chapter 6: Policy and Political Implications
  • Chapter 7: Future Prospects: Tinkering with Utopia
  • Appendix: Tax Credit Voucher Statutes

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