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2/17/2012 9:54:07 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
ACTION NEEDED: Homeschooling is Good for ALL!

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ACTION NEEDED: Homeschooling is Good for ALL!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

This is a busy legislative season, and I am writing once again to ask
you to take action to support homeschooling freedom for all. By taking
a few minutes to email or call key legislators you can advance the
cause of homeschooling.

SB 372, sponsored by senators Forsythe and De Blois, would make New
Hampshire the first state in the country to allow scholarship tuition
organizations to provide for scholarships for homeschooled students to
help defray expenses incurred by homeschooling parents. Your help is
needed to advance this legislation that would benefit homeschooling
families.

SB 372 is modeled after legislation that has been passed in numerous
states designed to give parents flexibility and choices when it comes
to selecting private education for their children. Legislation like SB
372 puts private educational opportunities on a more equal financial
footing. This legislation allows for the creation of charitable
scholarship organizations that receive donations from businesses who
could take a tax credit for these donations. The charities would grant
funds in response to applications from families who privately educate
their children and meet the means-testing requirement. Homeschools
would be eligible to receive grants up to $750 per student for
expenses incurred for privately educating their children.
Homeschooling families make great sacrifices to deliver an excellent
education yet are taxed for public schools which they rarely, if ever,
use. This legislation provides an opportunity for some homeschooling
families to receive scholarships for expenses, making homeschooling
more affordable for all.

The bill is reportedly scheduled for an executive session in the
Senate Education Committee next week. Senators Stiles and Prescott
have supported homeschooling in the past, but are not co-sponsors of
the bill, so we are not sure where they stand. Let them know that
research done by the National Home Education Research Institute has
indicated that the average amount of expenditure per homeschooling
student per year $600. This research was done years ago and with
inflation it is likely that expenses have increased. We are asking you
to help make history and contact senators Stiles and Prescott to
strongly encourage them to support SB 372.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact senators Stiles and Prescott and ask them to vote in
favor of SB 372. You can give them the following message in your own
words:

"Please support passage of SB 372 as amended by Senator Forsythe. As a
homeschooling parent, I make great financial sacrifices which the
state benefits from by not having to spend as much on public
education, yet I still pay the same amount of taxes. SB 372 would make
private education more available to all New Hampshire citizens.
Parents should have as many choices as possible when deciding how to
educate their children without having undue financial burden. SB 372
will make it possible for more people to access quality private
education. Please vote OTP on SB 372. "

Sen. Nancy Stiles can be contacted at 603-271-3093. Her email is
nancy.stiles@leg.state.nh.us.

Sen. Prescott can be contacted at 603-271-4063. His email address is
represcott@represcott.com


BACKGROUND

HSLDA supports tax credit legislation. 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 enrolling in public school programs.

Without your support we could not stand for freedom in New Hampshire!
If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider
taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our work
defending individual families threatened by government officials and
protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13431

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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