EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 30, 2013

NH business can help school choice students


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

National School Choice Week celebrates the educational options available to our children. Students shouldn’ have their school choices limited geographically, especially in poorly performing school districts, and now, thanks to the recently passed School Choice Scholarship Act, students in New Hampshire don’t need to be limited financially either.

This law allows businesses to contribute to a privately administered scholarship fund that will provide “Education Tax Credit Scholarships” to benefit lower-income families and their children.

All businesses that would owe business profits tax or business enterprise tax in New Hampshire are eligible to participate. Contributors will receive an 85 percent rducation tax credit as well as a federal tax deduction that increases the savings to over 90 percent.

Businesses should consider contributing to this scholarship fund because this will help improve the educational system by creating competition, thus ensuring a more qualified and effective workforce in the future.

The Network for Educational Opportunity, a nonprofit organization in New Hampshire, is currently administering these funds. Families with a household income below three times the federal poverty level are eligible to receive these scholarships. They can be used at any public school outside a family’s school district as well as at any private school, even at Catholic schools and other religiously affiliated institutions. There is also aid provided to home-schooled students.

Celebrate National School Choice Week by considering the other educational options available to your children. Freedom of choice in education benefits all of our kids, no matter where they go to school.

Arlene Quaratiello

Atkinson