2002 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Senator(s) Michel, Hewes, Johnson (19th), Nunnelee, White (29th)

Senate Resolution 3

(As Adopted by Senate)


     WHEREAS, the individual development of young people is critical to their future success and that of this country, and encouraging parental involvement is an important component of a child's success; and

     WHEREAS, each child is unique and learns differently, and many children are likely to benefit from expanded educational opportunities, including tutorial assistance, transportation to another public school, after-school programs, or attendance at a nonpublic school; and

     WHEREAS, the private sector has historically demonstrated an ability and willingness to address many of the challenges facing society, including education; and

     WHEREAS, privately-funded scholarships are an excellent and popular means by which parents and guardians can exercise expanded educational opportunities for their children, especially children from low income families; and

     WHEREAS, a credit against federal and state taxes for contributions to nonprofit scholarship or educational assistance organizations will make more privately-funded scholarships available, and thereby expand the educational opportunities available to children of families that have limited financial resources and increase the academic achievements of children across the country:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby support the creation of a federal and state tax credit for donations to nonprofit organizations that make more privately-funded scholarships and educational assistance available to children.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to the Mississippi congressional delegation and made available to the Capitol Press Corps.