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Study Finds Big Savings on Private-School Tax Breaks

Study Finds Big Savings on Private-School Tax Breaks



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A new study finds Utah could save more than one (B)billion dollars by offering tax credits for private school tuition.

That's because a tax credit would be worth less than what the state spends on each student at public schools, where the savings could be spread around to others.

The study calculated the billion-dollar savings on private school enrollment growth of three percent over 13 years.

Two professors at Utah State University delivered their findings yesterday to a legislative committee. Their conclusion collides with the belief of public education officials that tuition tax credits would drain school dollars.

Associate state superintendent of schools Patrick Ogden says he's not ready to endorse the tax breaks just yet.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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