by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
House Bill 144: Homeschool Education Income Tax Credit would allow home school families to claim an income tax credit of $1,250 per semester ($2,500 per year) for each dependent, home schooled child. A quartet of first and second term Republican legislators – Larry Pittman, Carl Ford, Chris Malone, and Jacqueline Schaffer – are the primary sponsors of the bill.
An education bill sure to raise some eyebrows is House Bill 146: Back to Basics. It would add two new curriculum requirements:
Cursive Writing. – The standard course of study shall include the requirement that the public schools provide instruction in cursive writing so that students create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting by the end of fifth grade.
Multiplication Tables. – The standard course of study shall include the requirement that students enrolled in public schools memorize multiplication tables to demonstrate competency in efficiently multiplying numbers.
Representatives Pat Hurley and Harry Warren are the primary sponsors of the bill. I call this the “2R” bill because it addresses two of the three Rs, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic.