Originally Sent: 4/7/2014
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Tax Relief Falls Just Short
Dear HSLDA members and friends,
We came incredibly close to creating meaningful tax relief for homeschool and other private school families, and defunding common core in Kansas, but fell just short in the House of Representatives over the weekend. If only a half-dozen representatives had switched their vote, these measures would be on their way to the governor's desk right now.
This is highly encouraging for several reasons. These measures were proposed very late in the legislative session when there was little time to mobilize support, but we prevailed in the senate and fell short by only a handful of votes in the house. This shows there is strong underlying agreement that families who educate their children entirely at their own expense should receive fair tax treatment, and that common core should be defunded. Your phone calls and emails were vital in developing this high level of support!
If this momentum carries over into the next legislative session, we have reason to hope that good things will happen. The next election may bring more lawmakers into the House of Representatives who place a priority on individual rights and liberties, and are unwilling for Kansas to accept federal money in exchange for surrendering control over what Kansas public school students are taught.
Although it will provide little or no help to most homeschool families, the bill heading to the governor’s desk sets up a program for private school scholarships. It allows banks, insurance companies and other corporations to get a tax credit if they donate to a “scholarship granting organization.” Such an organization can provide scholarships of up to $8,000 per student to cover the cost of tuition and expenses at a private school that enrolls elementary and secondary students (which would include many homeschools). However, the pupil must be eligible for free school lunches and must be currently attending one of the roughly 100 worst-performing public schools in Kansas. Details of this program can be viewed here.
Our thanks go to Senators Dennis Pyle and Steve Abrams for their leadership in bringing Kansas closer to fair tax treatment for families who educate their children entirely at their own expense.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
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 enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>
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