Arizona Education Tax Credit and Hidden Considerations of Justice

Michele S. Moses

Abstract


The current debate over market-based ideas for educational reform is examined, focusing specifically on the recent movement toward education tax credits. Viewing the Arizona education tax credit law as a voucher plan in sheep's clothing, I argue that the concept of justice underlying the law is a crucial issue largely missing from the school choice debate. I question the libertarian conception of justice assumed by voucher and tax credit advocates, and argue instead that a contemporary liberal democratic conception of justice ought to undergird attempts at school reform. A call for educators and policymakers to concentrate energies on efforts to help needy students rather than on efforts to channel tax dollars toward self- interested ends concludes the article.

Keywords


Court Litigation; Disadvantaged Youth; Educational Finance; Elementary Education; Poverty; Private Financial Support; Private Schools; School Choice; State Courts; Tax Credits

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v8n37.2000

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