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2/15/2011 2:23:29 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire: Take Action to Support Parental Choice in Education!

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New Hampshire: Take Action to Support Parental Choice in Education!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Parents who choose to privately educate their children may have the
opportunity to receive a property tax reduction. The House Municipal
and County Government Committee is currently considering House Bill
340, which would provide a per child property tax abatement for
parents who choose to homeschool their children or enroll them in a
private school. There is a public hearing for the bill on Thursday,
February 17, 2011.

Please take action, as requested below, to support this change that
would promote parental choice in education.


1) If you are able, attend the hearing on Tuesday, February 17. The
hearing will be at 11:10 a.m. in Legislative Office Building 301

2) Please contact members of the House Municipal and County Government
Committee and urge them to support HB 340. Please convey the following
message, but be sure to use your own words:

"Please support HB 340. This bill would recognize that citizens who
privately educate their children save the state money. These parents
personally bear the cost of educating their children which would
otherwise be borne by their local school district. HB 340's tax
abatement language will allow municipalities the freedom to grant
private educators a tax break recognizing this fact."

If your last name begins with A-L, contact representatives 1-9. If
your last name begins with M-Z, contact representatives 10-17. Contact
information for members of the committee is below:

1. Representative Ferrante - Committee Chair
Phone: (603) 434-8974

2. Representative Sterling - Vice Chair
Phone: (603) 532-8284

3. Representative Munck - Clerk
Phone: (603) 692-3316

4. Representative Patten
Phone: (603) 253-6927

5. Representative Belanger
Phone: (603) 465-2301

6. Representative Copeland
Phone: (603) 580-1998

7. Representative Stroud
Phone: (603)424-0025

8. Representative Hooper
Phone: (603) 749-6418

9. Representative Lockwood
Phone: (603) 783-4349

10. Representative Burt
Phone: (603) 624-5084

11. Representative Moore
Phone: (603) 399-4310

12. Representative DeStefano
Phone: (603) 224-2641

13. Representative Tatro
Phone: (603) 352-3904

14. Representative Accornero
Phone: (603) 387-9708

15. Representative Coffey
Phone: (603) 878-3173

16. Representative Shackett
Phone: (603) 744-5895

17. Representative Roberts
Phone: (603) 352-1105


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 likely controls that
would follow and the consequent loss of freedom that comes with such

As an alternative, HSLDA supports another vehicle: tax credits, or in
the case of a property tax state like New Hampshire, educational
property tax abatement. Parents and individuals who provide for a
child's education privately would be allowed to keep some of their tax
money that would otherwise have been used to fund public education.
Education property tax abatement legislation gives parents who choose
to privately educate their children a reduction in property taxes,
since they are avoiding what would otherwise be additional cost for
their local school district. It appears from the bill that such
authorizing language would simply "permit" the municipal authority to
allow such abatement. Passage of HB 340 does not guarantee that any
given municipality will grant such abatement. However, parents would
have the option of petitioning their municipality for abatement.

Such a tax abatement offers several benefits:

> Education property tax abatement will give parents true choice in
education. This tax abatement will help reduce the "double tax burden"
on parents who choose private or home education.

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

> Education property tax abatement will benefit low-income families.
This tax abatement provides additional opportunities for low-income
families to choose the form of education that best meets the needs of
their children.

Thank you for your effort to promote parental choice in education.

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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