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ERIC Number: ED468675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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The Right To Opt Out of Support for Public Education.
Jefferson, Anne L.
In Canada, the Provincial Ministries of Education had mandated that everyone financially support education through property taxes. The rate of support is tied to property ownership, whether or not a family has a child enrolled in the education system, or is being educated through home-schooling, private schooling, or by other allowable means. On May 16, 2001, the mandate was modified so that parents who send their children to private independent schools would receive a tax credit. This paper analyzes potential consequences of this tax modification. The tax credit was opted for by parents and is not a credit provided within the portfolio of the Ministry of Education. It is designed to offset instructional costs only, which are the prime focus for educational grants to schools. The benefit obtained is dependent on parental choice to opt out of the public school system, the number of eligible students the parents have, the opting into an identified eligible school, and the eligible student engaged in an eligible course of study. A formula calculates the eligible tuition per child using taxable income as a significant parameter. The possibility of the formula creating inequity is discussed. At this time, consequences of the tax credit remain unknown. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada