by Andrew Samwick
Cato Institute
June 17, 2014
Parents who pay out of pocket for their children's education relieve a financial burden on local, state, and federal taxpayers, who would otherwise have to fund the public education of those children. Without private schools, public schools and the tax collections to support them would have to be about 10 percent larger. Parents who send their children to private school are effectively giving money to public schools as charity, and ought to be compensated in the same way that they would be for any other type of charitable donation: by way of a tax deduction.

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