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VOUCHERS AID TAXPAYERS AS WELL AS PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Carl Rowan's recent column on school vouchers recommended spending more on public schools, rather than on vouchers.

Historically, this has not worked -- just visit some schools, public and private, and see for yourself.

Vouchers are all about fairness to taxpayers -- all taxpayers. If all the private schools in New York State were to close, taxpayers would have to come up with another $5 billion yearly to expand the public schools. That's 500,000 more students, at an average cost of $10,000 each.

At $2,000 per student, vouchers would cost substantially less than one-quarter of that $5 billion. Let's be fair to all taxpayers.

JOSEPH A. DECK

Williamsville

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