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Vouchers in Utah

By Matthew Yglesias

"Vouchers in Utah"

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Via Alex Tabarrok it looks like Utah may get a fairly comprehensive statewide voucher program. I won’t pretend to note the state of educational play in Utah in any detail, but my strong suspicion is that this is very, very unlikely to lead to any noteworthy improvements in student achievement. It’s a low population density state where the prospects for meaningful educational competition are not so hot. But more to the point, Utah features a very, very high proportion of the population belonging to a single hierarchical religion.

It seems to me that given a sufficiently generous voucher program (as Tabarrok notes, this one isn’t quite there) education in Utah will evolve toward a system where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the de facto education provider throughout the bulk of the state, the LDS church gets a lot of taxpayer money, and people living in Salt Lake City and maybe a couple of other towns may have some secular alternative options available to them.

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