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2/4/2011 5:12:08 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado - Attend Hearing: Tax Credits for New Homeschoolers

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Colorado - Attend Hearing: Tax Credits for New Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

There will be a House Education Committee hearing to discuss House
Bill 1048 this Monday, February 7, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. If passed, this
bill would provide for income tax credit for parents who remove their
children from public school in order to homeschool them or enroll them
in a private school. The hearing is scheduled for the House Education
Committee, Room 0112 (in the basement of the Capitol building, between
the elevators). Longtime homeschooling activist and supporter Treon
Goosen will also be attending to testify in support of the bill and
would greatly appreciate the company as well!

ACTION REQUESTED

Whether or not you want to speak, please attend the hearing in the
evening to show your support. Come to Room 0112 in person in the
Capitol building by 1:15 p.m. to sign up for a speaking slot (there
will be a clipboard with a sign-up sheet). You must sign up in order
to testify.

BACKGROUND

The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit for
income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2012, that allows
any taxpayer who decides to homeschool a qualified child to claim an
income tax credit of either $1,000 or $500. Although the bill does
require that the child must have been enrolled in the public school
the previous school year, this bill is a starting place for nonpublic
educational tax credits. HSLDA hopes it can be expanded in the future
to include more families. Tax credits are not considered government
money and thus carry virtually no risk of increased regulation on
homeschooling. The bill will assist families who wish to escape from
public schools be better able to choose homeschooling instead of
enrollment in virtual public school programs.

HSLDA appreciates the bill's sponsor's motivation in seeking to
provide greater educational freedom for Colorado citizens

Thank you for standing with us for homeschool freedoms!

Sincerely Yours,

Michael Donnelly

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