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June 15, 2006

House Bill 3652: Tax Credits for Homeschooling

Authors:
Representatives Reps. W.D. Smith, Vaughn, Merrill, Loftis, Tripp, Scarborough, Hinson, Young, Ceips, J.R. Smith, Viers, Leach, Harrison, Chellis, Edge, Herbkersman, Clemmons, Davenport, Delleney, Hagood, Limehouse, McGee, Altman, Chalk, Haskins, Hamilton, Cato, Duncan, Barfield, Owens, Stewart, Rice and Witherspoon

Summary:
This bill is similar to House Bills 3012 and 3204, the educational tax credit bills. The problem with this bill was in Article 9, Section 12-15-930, which would have required the State Budget and Control Board to prepare an annual report on the academic performance of independent school students which include homeschool students. This would have imposed academic evaluations not now in the law for homeschool students. It would also have required an evaluation of the relative efficiency of public and independent schools “while adjusting or controlling for student and family background.” Obtaining student and family background information was an unnecessary and intrusive requirement.

Status:

02/24/2005Introduced and Referred to House Committee on Ways and Means
4/19/2005House Committee Report: Favorable with amendment
5/4/2005House Tabled HJ-125. House Roll call Yeas - 60; Nays - 53. HJ-145
6/15/2006 Bill died when the Legislature adjourned.

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA opposed this legislation.

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