Tax Credit Scholarship Programs and the Changing Ecology of Public Education

Hillel Y. Levin

University of Georgia Law School

April 3, 2013

Arizona State Law Journal, Forthcoming

The traditional model of public education continues to be challenged by advocates of school choice. Typically associated with charter schools, magnet schools, and tuition voucher programs, these advocates have recently introduced a new school choice plan, namely tax credit scholarship programs. More than a dozen states have adopted such programs, and hundreds of millions of dollars are now diverted each year from public programs to private schools. These programs are poorly-understood and under-studied by legal scholars. This Article assesses the place of these programs within the ecology of public education, considers the fundamentally different approaches states have taken to these programs, identifies some critical questions and problems with them, and proposes a set of best practices for states to follow in designing and implementing them.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: education, school choice, charter schools, magnet schools, voucher, tax credit, scholarship, public education, public schools, private schools

JEL Classification: H52, I20, I21, I22, I28, I29, H2, H7, K34

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Date posted: April 4, 2013 ; Last revised: May 22, 2013

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Levin, Hillel Y., Tax Credit Scholarship Programs and the Changing Ecology of Public Education (April 3, 2013). Arizona State Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2244608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2244608

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Hillel Y. Levin (Contact Author)
University of Georgia Law School ( email )
Athens, GA 30602
United States

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