Arizona Education Tax Credit and Hidden Considerations of Justice


  • Michele S. Moses Arizona State University



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


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.


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Author Biography

Michele S. Moses, Arizona State University

Michele S. Moses is Assistant Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, specializing in the philosophy of education and education policy analysis. Her research interests include issues of educational equity and social justice and the politics of education policies concerned with multiculturalism.




How to Cite

Moses, M. S. (2000). Arizona Education Tax Credit and Hidden Considerations of Justice. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 8, 37.