Educational freedom and religious schools: Supreme Court hears school tax credit challenge

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  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 18, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    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?

  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    April 17, 2014 10:42 p.m.

    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.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 17, 2014 9:52 p.m.


    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.

  • intervention slc, UT
    April 17, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    @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.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    April 17, 2014 5:05 p.m.


    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?

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    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.

  • intervention slc, UT
    April 16, 2014 11:06 p.m.

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

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 16, 2014 11:05 p.m.

    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.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    April 16, 2014 7:35 p.m.


    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.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    April 16, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Another area where religion wants your money.