Md election will affect cls

Parents who send their children to Covenant Life School are exercising School Choice. Unfortunately not all parents are able to choose the school that will be the best fit for their children because of financial inability, which locks many students in schools that are failing their children or that do not affirm their family values. Virtually all states provide resources to nonpublic schools and at least 28 states and the District of Columbia provide school vouchers. Maryland provides significantly less support for nonpublic schools than other states in our region, and has imposed nondiscrimination requirements that have blocked many religious schools, including CLS, from participating in these funding programs. Additionally, there is a strong lobbying effort by MSEA, the Maryland affiliate of the National Education Association, to influence our state senators and delegates to defund (aka shut down) all programs that support nonpublic schools and students, potentially affecting up to 110,000 nonpublic school students. Unfortunately, some key legislators that have supported funding for nonpublic schools are not seeking reelection. 


The results of the election on November 6 will be of great importance to all private and religious school families in Maryland. 


Please do the following:

  1. Reach out to the candidates in your district and ask what their position is toward school choice and the funding of nonpublic schools. You should have received an Official Voter Guide and Sample Ballot in the mail to know who is running in your district. If you are not sure, you can find your MD district here.
  2. Vote on November 6 for candidates that support school choice and funding for nonpublic schools.

ask federal legislators to support important bills

Last December congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the most significant tax reform law in more than 30 years. One of the changes was to nearly double the Standard Deduction for Federal Tax Returns (Single - $6,350 in 2017 increases to $12,000 for 2018. Married filing jointly - $12,700 in 2017 increases to $24,000 in 2018). A potential unintended consequence of this change could be that people with moderate incomes will discover that they will receive a larger deduction with the Standard Deduction than if they itemize their deductions. This could have an adverse affect on the motivation to make charitable contributions, which could include contributions to schools like CLS. Two bills seek to correct this unintended consequence and would allow for charitable tax deductions to be taken in addition to the Standard Deduction.  


Communicate with your Senators and Representatives in Washington and ask them to support: 

  • Universal Charitable Giving Act – S.2123 / HR 3988
  • Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act – HR 5771

Another bill has been introduced that seeks to encourage charitable deductions to eligible nonprofit organizations that help prepare the nations workforce, which includes organizations that provide scholarships to K-12 students. 

Ask your legislators in Washington to support:

  • USA Workforce Tax Act Credit – HR 5153

Another change from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act had to do with 529 Savings Plans, which were originally set up to help families with college expenses. The new law, TCJA, now allows 529 funds to pay for tuition to K-12 private and religious schools. However, those funds may not be used for other K-12 related educational expenses, which are eligible college expenses such as housing, educational therapy or support services, computers and other technology, educational software, etc. Nor does it allow funds to be used toward home school expenses.

 

Ask your legislators in Washington to support the bill below which would expand the use of 529 Savings Plans for K-12 educational expenses beyond tuition and for home school expenses.

  • Student Empowerment Act – S.3102 / HR 6674

Find your members of congress here.