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2/18/2011 2:19:03 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado: Update from February 7 Hearing--Tax Credits for New Homeschoolers

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Colorado: Update from February 7 Hearing
--Tax Credits for New Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you to all who attended the House Education Committee hearing on
House Bill 1048 on February 7 and 9 at the Capitol. This is an update
on the status of the bill.

The bill was reassigned to the House Finance Committee, where
testimony was heard on Wednesday, February 9. Five organizations
opposed the bill, claiming it was a "sneak attack" on public
education. Ten individuals testified in favor of the bill, including
expert testimony from Dr. Bill Maloney, former Colorado Commissioner
of Education (and a friend of homeschooling).

In his testimony, Dr. Maloney pointed out that the bill was a "step in
the right direction." He provided examples of several other states
that had successfully implemented similar legislation. He also
mentioned the fact that 36 states have formally announced cuts in K-12
spending and that this bill would actually save the state a lot of
money. Colorado legislative liaison, Treon Goossen, also testified.
The committee chairman has suspended the bill in order to allow for
amendments.

The bill has been scheduled for another hearing in the House Finance
Committee on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. There will be
no testimony before the committee at this hearing. We will keep you
updated on the progress of the bill. Thank you for your support!

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. The bill would benefit
first-time homeschoolers who were making the decision to withdraw a
child from the public school system. The bill creates a strong
foundation for nonpublic educational tax credits and supports parental
choice in education. HSLDA supports the effort to make it easier for
parents to choose alternatives to the public school system. As the
program demonstrates its worth, perhaps tax credits could be extended
to more families. Because tax credits are not considered government
money, they carry virtually no risk of increased regulation on
homeschooling.

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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