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2/24/2011 5:04:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado: Action Needed to Support Educational Freedom

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Colorado - Action Needed to Support Educational Freedom

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

House Bill 1048 is scheduled to be heard in the House Finance
Committee on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 1:30 PM. If passed the bill
would grant tax credits for those opting for home or private
education. Amendments will be presented and the committee is expected
to vote on the bill.

We are asking you to call the committee to support the bill. Although
this bill will not benefit current homeschoolers, it will make it
easier for new parents to homeschool and help place private parent
directed education on a more competitive financial footing with
publicly funded education, including public virtual schools.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call the members of the Finance Committee and give them this
message:

"Please support HB 1048 and vote to pass it out of committee. This
bill will benefit parents and children by promoting educational
freedom in Colorado. It will also save our state tens of millions of
dollars. Parents who take on the task of homeschooling or sending
their children to a private school save the state money and a tax
credit is an appropriate way to recognize their decision."

House Finance Committee Members:

Representative Brian DelGrosso, Chairman
303-866-2964
E-mail: valentin.vigil.house@state.co.us

Representative Keith Swerdfeger, Vice-Chairman
303-866-2905
E-mail: keith.swerdfeger.house@state.co.us

Representative Cindy Acree
303-266-2944
E-mail: cindy.acree.house@state.co.us

Representative Don Beezley
303-866-4667
E-mail: don.beezley.house@state.co.us

Representative Kathleen Conti
303-866-2953
E-mail: kathleen.conti.house@state.co.us

Representative Crisanta Duran
303-866-2925
E-mail: crisanta.duran.house@state.co.us

Representative Dickey Lee Hullinghorst
303-866-2915
E-mail: dl.hullinghorst.house@state.co.us

Representative Janak Joshi
303-866-2937
E-mail: janak.joshi.house@state.co.us

Representative Daniel Kagan
303-866-2921
E-mail: repkagan@gmail.com

Representative John Kefalas
303-866-4569
E-mail: john.kefalas.house@state.co.us

Representative Jeanne Labuda
303-866-2966
E-mail: jeanne.labuda.house@state.co.us

Representative Dan Pabon
303-866-2954
E-mail: dan.pabon.house@state.co.us

Representative Spencer Swalm
303-866-5510
E-mail: spencer.swalm.house@state.co.us

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.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely Yours,

Michael Donnelly

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