Federal Legislation
June 9, 2003

S. 4 - Opportunity for Every Child Act of 2003

Action Requested:
None at this time. HSLDA's National Center is tracking this legislation.

Background:
Official purpose: A bill to improve access to a quality education for all students. For homeschoolers, the most significant section of this bill is the Give Back to Parents Act of 2003. This Act amends the tax code to allow a refundable tax credit for up to 50% of the first $5,000 of a parent's expenses (including tuition, transportation, or equipment) for a student's attendance at another public or private (including parochial, religious, or home school) if the student is otherwise assigned to a school identified for school improvement.

For more information see the bill text or (click here for the S. 4 summary.)

Introduced: February 14, 2003 by Senator Judd Gregg, Judd [NH]

Cosponsors (7)

Status:

2/14/2003:Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
12/31/2004: This bill is "dead". It was not passed into law before the end of the 108th Congress.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
While HSLDA prefers a tax credit that is available to all homeschooling families, not just those who live in failing school districts, we do not oppose the narrow scope of the language in the Give Back to Parents Act of 2003.

 Other Resources

S. 4 (pdf)