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Anti-Fraud Taxes?

Inside Higher Ed reports that New York is considering legislation to tax all for-profit colleges to create a fund to be used for investigating allegations of educational fraud. Read it here.

This is a lousy idea. Why should all proprietary schools be taxed just because some of them may practice educational fraud? This seems to be an instance of the leftist idea of group responsibility. And if educational fraud is perceived to be a problem, why limit the law just to proprietary institutions? Many of the lower-tier non-profits, private and public, also take students’ money, pretend to educate them, then send them on their way with such pitiable skills that they wind up delivering pizza.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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