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prabhu.guptara@ny.ubs.com wrote:

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> Dear Parth
>
> The conundrums you specify are generally understood by exceptionally
> well put by
> you below.
>
> >Latest move is to simply let parents deduct the expenses of education
> from
> >their income tax.  The percentage of deducation can be graduated by
> income
> >group--the richer the parents the less they can deduct.  The govt
> doesn't
> >really give out money; it simply takes in less.  For those who don't
> earn
> >enough to pay taxes, they get the difference back--Friedman's
> negative income
> >tax.
>
> This is really the simplest and best solution
>
> >But the govt can still specify tuition to what schools can be
> deducted. Back to
> >square one!
>
> But why should government be in the business of specifying what kind
> of
> education is "eligible" for tax exempt status?  Is this not the
> "grandmotherly"
> hand of the state, again, telling citizens what kind of education is
> or is not
> good for them?  Why should the citizen not be free to choose whatever
> kind of
> education s/he likes?  If s/he makes a mistake, it will soon become
> clear -
> exactly as in the rest of the economy and indeed in the matter of
> which
> political party one votes for!
>

I'm not saying that govt should have the power to specify but just
making an observation that itchy fingers of politicians will not rest
unless they excercise their power to control what counts as education
and who should provide it.  "One who pays the piper, calls the tune."

Basically under any of the schemes of govt financing of education,
education remains a politicised arena.  The challenge for those who
advocate govt financing is to come up with a scheme that at the same
time depoliticises education.

> Why not have a system where ynything called a school, college or
> institution of
> learning should have tax-deductible status for fees paid to it?
>

It would be nice if the govt will abide by this.  But people would want
the govt to be vigilant and not pay to fradulent schools.  May be one
way to deal with fraud w/o govt having the powers to specify schools is
to determine fraud ex post.  The govt honors vouchers from all claimants
but then determines whether promised education was provided or not.  If
it detects fraud, it can undertake criminal proceedings.  In this way,
the govt will be involved in dealing with fraud without specifing
schools.

parth-

> Professor Prabhu Guptara
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> Author:  pjshah (pjshah@del2.vsnl.net.in) at nyuxuu
> Date:    12.10.98 19:56
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