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Jordan Clements, founder of Children First Utah, advocates tuition tax credits as a solution for low income children (Jan. 5). However, the Children First Web site itself links to a Harvard-Mathematica study that clearly refutes that claim. In the study, almost half (47 percent) of the students who were offered private school vouchers either declined the offer or dropped out of private school before the study had ended.

Parents said they couldn't afford the extra money, couldn't find a private school in a convenient location or that their children were currently receiving special services for a disability or learning problem — services that the study found less likely to be available at private schools.

The study found no significant difference between the test scores of students who attended private school with vouchers and the scores of students who declined the vouchers and stayed in public school.

We need to invest our tax dollars, time and efforts into improving public schools — where most of our children attend.

Rebekah Martindale

Orem