Homeschool education credit and “2R” bills filed

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.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

Reader Comments

  • Re the article itself:
    It was interesting to see a North Carolina legislator (Pat Hurley) quoted as denying the legality of printed signatures — which are defended by the laws that she is sworn to uphold.

    The UCC 1-201(37) — North Carolina General Statutes § 25?1?201(37) — specifies that “‘Signed’ includes using any symbol executed or adopted with present intention to adopt or accept a writing.”

    Further, the North Carolina General Statutes12-3(10) states, for use in statutes: “Provided, that in all cases where a written signature is required by law, the same shall be in a proper handwriting, or in a proper mark.”

    Admittedly, Rep. Hurley may exclude printed handwriting from the category of “a proper handwriting” — if so, she has not pointed to any legal defense for such exclusion.

    Even if she relegates all other styles to the category of “mark” — and, again, she has not shown any legal basis for doing so — the law of her state (and of the United States) specifically admits such signatures.

    Yours for better letters,

    Kate Gladstone
    Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That Works
    and the World Handwriting Contest
    6-B Weis Road, Albany, NY 12208-1942 USA
    telephone 518-482-6763
    [email protected]