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July 28, 2006

House File 2121: Tax Credit for Private Instruction

Author:
Representative Boal

Summary:
This bill would allow a tax credit for 25% of the first $1,000 dollars spent on each dependant towards expenses relating to competent private instruction. The bill currently has language which includes the phrase "home schooling." However, in Iowa "home schooling" is legally known as "competent private instruction" and adding "home schooling" to the law would create an undefined category. Thus, we will support the bill if "home schooling" is replaced with "competent private instruction."

Secondly, the bill excludes "materials used in the teaching of religious tenants, doctrines, or worship." This discriminates on the basis of religion and does not allow those giving their children a religious education the same benefits other parents receive.

Status:

1/25/2006House: Introduced, referred to Education
1/27/2006House: Rereferred to Ways & Means
4/18/2006House: Legislature adjourns; bill did not pass

HSLDA’s Position:
Oppose, unless “home schooling” is removed from the bill.

Action Requested:
None requested at this time.

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