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4/10/2013 3:12:00 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
Your Action Needed to Defend Parental Freedom in Education!

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Your Action Needed to Defend Parental Freedom in Education!

Dear New Hampshire Members and Friends,

Good news! House Bill ("HB") 370, which repeals the education tax
credit program that helps all families, including homeschool families,
was voted down Tuesday in the Senate Health, Education, & Human
Services Committee as "inexpedient to legislate." Although the
committee vote is an important step in defeating this harmful
legislation, HB 370 will still come before the Senate for a vote on
April 18. Your calls are urgently needed to oppose this bill.

Will you stand with us to defend this important tax credit that
benefits New Hampshire homeschooling families?

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact your senator to urge him or her to oppose HB 370. In
your own words, give your senator the following message:

"Please vote against repeal of the education tax credit and against
House Bill 370. The education tax credit law helps many families,
regardless of their religion, who would otherwise be unable to provide
for their children's education. It is a worthy public policy goal for
New Hampshire to support school choice, and the education tax credit
provides an incentive for businesses to privately assist families and
receive a tax credit. This program helps ALL New Hampshire families in
need regardless of their current educational setting. This same type
of program has been held to be constitutional and effective in states
like Arizona. Please vote against House Bill 370."

To find your senator and his or her contact information, click here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18032
If you are able, please also consider calling the following senators
to thank them for their support of educational freedom and their
opposition to HB 370 in the Senate Health, Education, & Human Services
Committee:

Senator Nancy Stiles
(603) 271-3093
nancy.stiles@leg.state.nh.us

Senator John Reagan
(603) 271-4063
john.reagan111@gmail.com

Senator Andy Sanborn
(603) 271-2609
andy.sanborn@leg.state.nh.us


BACKGROUND

House Bill ("HB") 370 would repeal the education tax credit that was
established to help families have more choices in education. The tax
credit categorized scholarship tuition organizations that could
receive funding from businesses in the form of donations. Businesses
then receive a tax credit for their donations, which are in turn
granted for the benefit of all New Hampshire school
children--including public, private and home schooled. The program
provides more parental control and choice in education and passed last
year with overwhelming support in both the House and Senate. This
program is now at risk.

HSLDA supports tax credit programs which help families choose the kind
of education their children receive. New Hampshire is the first tax
credit program of this kind to allow for scholarships to
homeschoolers. HSLDA is defending this program in the legislature and
in court by authoring an amicus brief in favor of the program. The
Institute for Justice is defending the law against an attack by the
ACLU. If HB 370 passes and the law is repealed, the court case will
be moot, depriving the law of an opportunity be heard by the courts.
Although the ACLU argues the law is unconstitutional because it
selectively funds religious educations, that claim is factually
erroneous. Furthermore, identical programs have already been upheld
as constitutional by the United States Supreme Court.

Thank you for all your work in defending homeschool freedom!

Live Free or Die!


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

P.S. We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve
you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support
for our work enables us to defend individual families threatened by
government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join
now >> http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18033

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