The Status of Private Schools in Utah


Recently, significant attention has been paid to the issue of educational choice, both in Utah and nationally. A Gallup Poll in January 2001 found that 54% of the public believed that vouchers (state subsidies for private school tuition, aimed at families who would otherwise not be able to afford private school) would improve the public education system. Additionally, a 2000 poll by the National Association of Independent Schools asked parents to rank the top ten most important issues faced in schools and provide their opinion as to whether public or private schools did a better job at addressing these issues. In 8 of the 10 areas parents felt that private schools did at least as well, if not better than local public schools.

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