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Public finance versus public ownership of schools

Posted By: Larry Willmore on April 6, 2005
In this otherwise excellent article, the author assumes that private schools must be privately financed. If government were to pay the tuition of all children at the same rate in any school, provided the school does not charge any additional 'top up' fees, then the criticisms of the 19th century private academies would dissolve. Public funding of private tuition can, in fact, be made as progressive as one likes, by giving the poor and disadvantaged an even larger tuition voucher. In this 'private-public' debate, it is important to distinguish between public finance and public ownership of schools. It is possible to have one without the other.

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 Public finance versus public ownership of schools by Larry Willmore on April 6, 2005
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