House Education Committee passes SB131 - 21st Century Scholars Fund

The House EducationCommittee passed SB131 by a vote of 13-8. The full House will vote on SB131 on Wednesday, April 12th, 2006, 10:00 am.

 

Details of the program:

Uses contributions (tax credits) from businesses and individuals to give scholarships to low and middle-income parents who wish to send their children to a school that best fits their educational needs.

 

o Provides $3,500for families that have household incomes of 200 percent or less of the federal poverty income level (for a family of four earning $40,000 or less).

 

o Provides $2,500 for families that have household incomes between 201 percent and 250 percent of federal poverty income level (for a family of four earning $50,000 or less).

 

Payments are made out to parents and sent to the qualifying public or non-public school of choice.

 

o Once a pupil receives a scholarship, the pupil will be offered a scholarship in any future years untilgraduating or reaching age 21.

 

 

Please contact your representatives and ask them to support SB131 . Send your email messages using this link at the Cornerstone Policy Research Center (it’s easy to do!): www.nhcornerstone.org Click on CPR ACTION near top of page. Click on CREATE YOUR OWN MESSAGE. Click on CONTINUE. Complete the form that uses your address to locate your legislators. PREVIEW MESSAGE and then SEND MESSAGE. Your email will be sent to all your legislators.

 

 

Look for print ads in your local newspapers. The Milton & Rose Friedman Foundation will be running print ads in the following newspapers: The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Citizen, The Eagle Tribune, and The Derry News. Clip the ad supporting SB131 and send it to your representatives telling them that you will be watching how their vote. Listen for the radio ads too!

 

Attend House session on Wednesday, April 12th, 2006. If you wish to show support for this bill, please attend the House session beginning at 10am in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Concord.

 

Please forward this ALERT to your family and friends!

 

According to the Fall 2005 New Hampshire NECAP Test results:

 

Grades

 

Subject

 

NH Students Not Proficient*

 

3-5

 

Reading

 

33%

 

3-5

 

Mathematics

 

38%

 

3-5

 

Writing

 

50%

 

 

*See: http://reporting.measuredprogress.org/NECAPpublicNH/select.aspx for complete results.

 

Kathy Getchell, Director

School Choice Center: New Hampshire

PO 373, Rumney, NH 03266

schoolchoicenh@yahoo.com

www.schoolchoicecenternh.org

603-505-1911, 603-432-3376