“The goal is to get out into as many communities as we can over the course of the summer to let parents know what their options are,” she said.
She said the tour thus far has been well received.
“So far, it’s been pretty positive,” she said. “I think (attendees) walk away with a better understanding with regard to their children’s individual eligibility. There is a tax deduction, and that is for families in private or home schools in grades kindergarten through 12. They can take up to a $1,000 tax deduction for curriculum, textbooks, uniforms, anything they may have to buy or purchase.”
She said the other added benefit to the program will be to give a better understanding about the impact the voucher program really has across all schools.
“I think one of the common misconceptions is that it takes money away from public schools, but the way it’s crafted is that the individual child at most can only receive 90 percent of the funds they could have received at the local public school districts,” she said, noting that extra funds go back into a funding formula that is redistributed to all public schools throughout the state.
Lynch said other add-ons include protection against a slight income improvement in the family that will still allow them to keep their children in the private school that is meeting their needs as well as a provision that allows siblings of a child receiving a voucher to also gain the same access, so families can now have all of their children at the same school.
She said the program will also cover eligibility requirements and the application process. Parents wanting to gather a better grasp of their eligibility before the meeting can fill out an online form that will give them the answers at myschoolvoucher.com.