I wrote about H.R. 6737 and that the Push to change IRS code for homeschoolers continues back in August. I checked THOMAS and saw that on September 17th, 2008, another sponsor, Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado has signed on in support of the bill.
Who are these sponsors and what is motivating them to have the IRS code changed? Are there homeschoolers in their districts requesting these tax creedits? If not, why are they including homeschoolers? I don’t have those answers yet, but I thought I’d see what I could find out about each of them. I’ve linked each of their names to their bio’s at opencongress.org. I’m continuing to reseearch them, but so far all I’ve learned is that they are all republicans, two are from Arizona and two are from Florida. If you know more about them, please leave a comment.
- Representative Doug Lamborn
- Representative Jeff Miller
- Representative Timothy Walberg
- Representative Patrick Tiberi
- Representative Tom Feeney
- Representative John Shadegg
- Representative Trent Franks
Here is the federal language again:
Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals with children attending an elementary or secondary school a deduction for each child attending a public school equal to 25 percent of the State’s average per pupil public education spending and, for each child attending a private or home school, a deduction equal to 100 percent of such average.
Sponsor: Rep Hoekstra, Peter [MI-2] (introduced 7/31/2008) Cosponsors (7)
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2008 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Coincidentally, Fox News aired an interview this evening about homeschoolers. I could have done without their “homeschoolers test better than public schooler’s” stats, but Celeste Land of The Organization of VA Homeschoolers aptly pointed out that we are a diverse bunch. She also stated that we need to focus on protecting the one thing we have in common…. homeschooling. Dawn Johnson and her three beautiful daughters were also featured. I’m hoping that Fox will share the interview on their site, but haven’t found it yet. If they do, I’ll come back and add it here.
Homeschooling Surges in U.S. as Parents Reach for Legal Rights
Monday, September 22, 2008 By Shannon Bream
The reporter ended by looking at tax credits for homeschoolers. She said that some folks do want tax credits and some don’t want the risk of more accountability that they might bring. It almost made me wonder if she hadn’t stopped by Dana’s blog this last week? Dana had announced at her Principled Discovery blog that she would be interviewing Dan Lips of the Heritage Foundation about the economic benefits of homeschooling and tax credits for homeschoolers for Home School Talk. I haven’t listened to the interview yet, but perhaps Mr. Lips will have some insight into why these legislators continue to attempt to amend the IRS law.