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May 30, 2007

House Bill 9: Educational Grants for Homeschoolers and School Choice

Sponsors:
Representative Harvey B. Otterman (R)

Summary:
In addition to providing tuition grants to public school families based on the age of their children, House Bill 9 would also require the state of Vermont to pay a parent or guardian $500 for each K-8th grade child and $1,000 for each 9-12th grade child that is enrolled in a home study program. To receive the money, the parent or guardian must inform the commissioner by July 1 of each year concerning each child who will be enrolled in a home study program the subsequent school year.

Status:

12/22/2006(House) Prefiled
1/9/2007(House) Assigned to Education Committee
1/9/2007(House) First Reading
1/9/2007(House) In Education Committee

HSLDA's Position:
Neutral. HSLDA prefers the use of tax credits to recognize the double financial burden homeschooling places on citizens who choose to undertake it. While this bill recognizes that homeschoolers benefit the state of Vermont by reducing the load on public schools even while they continue to shoulder an equal tax burden of all other Vermonters, it still creates the potential for regulatory oversight incidental to receiving state funds.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

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