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2/3/2006 5:08:33 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Calls Needed To Support Raising the Educational Tax Credit to $1000

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February 3, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Senate Bill 2780 was introduced by Senator Cronin and referred to the
Rules Committee on January 20, 2006. If S.B. 2780 passes, it would
raise the maximum amount of the education expense credit that home
educators (private schools) can receive from $500 to $1,000!

Your calls are needed to get this bill passed.

Action Requested:

Please call your representatives and give them this message:

"Please vote for Senate Bill 2780, which will empower parents to
choose the best education for their children."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can call the legislative hotline at (217) 782-3944 and ask for
your Senator.

Background:

Homeschoolers currently pay for the public education system while they
privately educate their own children. This "double taxation" is
unfair. While almost all homeschoolers would like to be free of the
tax burden of public schools they do not use themselves, a significant
number of homeschool leaders are concerned about any effort to get
benefits from the government. Most homeschool leaders agree that
vouchers (direct payments from the government to private or
homeschools) are unacceptable because of the controls and loss of
freedom that comes with the money.

As an alternative, HSLDA recommends another vehicle: educational tax
credits. Parents and individuals who provide for a child's education
should be allowed to keep some of their tax money that would otherwise
have been used to fund public education. This goal could be
accomplished through a tax credit.

The courts have ruled the Illinois tax credit is NOT government money.

Education tax credits offer several benefits:

> Educational tax credits will give parents true choice in education.
This tax credit will help reduce the "double tax burden" on parents
who choose private or home education.

> Education tax credits will benefit public schools. By encouraging
students to attend private schools or homeschools, the tuition tax
credit will reduce overcrowded public school class sizes and the
student-to-teacher ratio, making more teachers available to public
school students.

For more information on educational tax credits, see our memorandum at
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000010/200308190.asp

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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