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Senator Edwards Announces Homeschool Tax Credit Bill

RALEIGH, N.C. –Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) filed Senate Bill 297, “Homeschool Tax Credit,” with Senator Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) and Senator Vickie Sawyer (R-Iredell). If signed into law, the bill would provide families a tax credit of $1,000 for every homeschooled student that meets all state home school requirements.

“Families of homeschooled students have been left out of the conversation of education funding for far too long,” Sen. Chuck Edwards said. “It’s one more option for parents who want to be profoundly engaged and personally invested in the success of their children. COVID-19 has added more emphasis on the need for families to become involved in education at home. When a child is educated at home, the state avoids tremendous costs for school construction and operation. These families also pay taxes, and it’s only fair that a portion of their tax dollars is returned to help offset their expenses.”

Sen. Vickie Sawyer added, “Families who choose to educate their children at home sacrifice both time and money in an effort to provide the best future for their children. This legislation serves to recognize their efforts.”

According to NCDOA’s Division of Non-Public Education’s report 2020 North Carolina HOME SCHOOL Statistical Summary (2019-2020 school year), the total statewide number of home schools is 94,863 with an enrollment of 149,173 students. The number of schools by county represented by the primary sponsors:

Buncombe: 3,344

Henderson: 1,359

Transylvania: 408

Madison: 445

McDowell: 584

Mitchell: 184

Polk: 217

Rutherford: 659

Yancey: 335

Iredell: 2,141

Yadkin: 355