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Friday, April 4, 2003

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Re: "Education under Eves," Apr. 2

To the Editor:

David DeAngelis's critique of independent school tax credits is, like most criticism of the Eves government, wrong, wrong, wrong. In no way will tax credits serve to undermine the public school system, nor will they benefit only the rich. To the contrary, this issue is one of choice and simple fairness for all families of all incomes across the province.

The Ontario Liberals have alleged that tax credits will both take money away and trigger an exodus from public schools. Even if this were true, the government would save approximately $7,000 for every student leaving the public system, resulting in more money available to public education. They cannot have it both ways!

This year, the Ontario government has increased funding for public schools by $1 billion, to a record $14.8 billion per year. So much for claims that education has been underfunded.

The best way to encourage quality and diversity in education is not to stereotype independent schools, but rather to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to choose the school (public or private) that is right for their children.

Stephen Yantzi
Political Science I

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