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Published: Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:43 p.m. MDT

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Ranch
Here, UT

Another area where religion wants your money.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@Ranch

It's not religion, it is a school that wants the money,

Or more specifically it is a student that needs the money to attend a school.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Religion is like farming. It's time for it to lose the attitude that it has special status of some sort, and pay it's own share of taxes.

intervention
slc, UT

@the truth
the part of the tax credit program that is being challenged diverts tax dollars away from public schools to benefit religious schools.you can try to split that non ex ident hair all you want but it is sending public funds to religious institutions.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Then you would have to provide tax credit for home schooling. Everyone, seniors, childless, religious schools, must support public education. In return public education must become accountable and have better performance. It is a two way street.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@intervention

Religious schools and religious people, home schoolers, etc, are part of the public, and are a part of "the people". And as such are entitled to a part of those public funds set aside for education if they pay taxes into that fund.

The public system is only provided for those that want use that system. If one chooses another system they entitled that money they would have received in the public system.

That is how it should work. That is what freedom means.

Are we interested in educating people or in forcing a certain education system on them?

intervention
slc, UT

@the truth
So then you concede the money is being sent to a religious institution. well I guess thats progress. Where do you get the idea that they are "entitled to the money." If I don't have kids at all I still have to pay the taxes that go to fund the public schools I don't get that money back and if they choose to not attend the public school they are not entitles to getting that money back. The schooling is available through public schools and they are making the choice to not to access that service, that's not on anyone but them.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

#truth

if I choose to play a private golf course I do not get my taxes back that go to pay for public courses to pay for it, If I choose to join a gym instead of using the local rec. center I do not get my taxes back to pay for it and If people choose not to send their kids to public schools they do not get it back to pay to go private school. its not complicated.

Seek to understand
Sandy, UT

Our nation would be much stronger, and better educated, if students could escape failing schools.

I find it outrageous that so many people think it is okay that only rich families can access private schools. The government monopoly in education has brought us many problems and challenges and a mid to low-quality product. In some inner cities, less than 10% of the students have basic skills. Why should they be captive in those schools? Why is it better for our cities, states and nation to prevent those low-income families from finding better schools?

The truth is - it isn't better for the kids, their families, or our country. Our crime rates are tied to failed education. Let the parents find a school that meets their kids' needs - whether they are rich or not.

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Seek to Understand,

There is no law stopping parents from putting their child in any school they choose. They just can't take my tax money use it to pay for their private education. The whole choice argument is a false argument. Choice is has and always will be there. What many want is public tax money to subsidise their choices. Isn't that just another form of redistribution of wealth that so many who post here complain about?

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