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New Hampshire Joins Growing Movement, Embraces School Choice

Posted By Kyle Bonnell On April 3, 2012 @ 1:00 pm In Education | Comments Disabled

The New Hampshire legislature recently passed a tuition tax credit option [1] that would provide low- and middle-income students with increased educational choice.

The School Choice Scholarship Act would provide tax credits to businesses that donate to nonprofit organizations that provide vouchers to low- and middle-income children. The participating businesses can receive a credit of up to 85 percent of their donations. Students would receive up to $2,500 per scholarship to move to another school or up to $625 to cover the expenses of homeschooling.

The School Choice Scholarship Act also has the benefit of being revenue neutral [2]. The cost of the credits going toward participating businesses will be offset by lowering the number of students going to public schools and receiving per-student contributions to their public school district. As Julianne Cooper, local president and dean of Liberty Harbor Academy in Manchester, noted: “I see an enormous amount of flexibility within the system and basically it costs no one anything.”

Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, observed that [1] “New Hampshire is part of a national movement that recognizes the value in offering kids high-quality educational options. New Hampshire joins a host of other states that are moving school choice forward in 2012.”

Kyle Bonnell is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/internships-young-leaders/the-heritage-foundation-internship-program [3]


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[1] passed a tuition tax credit option: http://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe50177270610d787c1d&m=fef71276756301&ls=fde91778726d0d757514717c&l=fec51c787365047e&s=fe291c7675670175711771&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2d17777161037d721471

[2] revenue neutral: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120124/NEWS06/701249967

[3] http://www.heritage.org/about/internships-young-leaders/the-heritage-foundation-internship-program: http://www.heritage.org/about/internships-young-leaders/the-heritage-foundation-internship-program

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