chapter  37
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Tuition Tax Credits: A Social Revolution THOMAS SOWELL

Why is this bill so important — and to whom? It is most important to those who are mentioned least: the poor, the working class, and all whose children are trapped in educa­ tionally deteriorating and physically dangerous public schools. Few groups have so much at stake in the fate of this bill as ghetto blacks. To upper-income families with children in college, the maximum $500 tax relief is hardly of decisive importance, when annual college costs range up to ten times that amount. The campaign of misrepresentation by the education establishment has depicted the affluent as the chief (or sole) beneficiaries, when in fact the opposite is nearer the truth. There are many times more students in elementary and secondary schools than in college, and among those children enrolled in pre-college private institutions, there are more whose parents earn from $5,000 to $10,000 a year than those whose parents are in all the brackets from $25,000 on up.