Weber Introduces Bill to Assist Parents with Remote Learning Costs

From State Rep. Tom Weber:

Rep. Tom Weber Sponsors Legislation to Assist Families Saddled with Remote Learning Costs

FOX LAKE—With very little notice this summer, parents and guardians had to scramble to create an at-home learning environment for their kids. For many, that meant purchasing additional computers or tablets, improving internet access, and in some cases hiring tutors.

In an effort to alleviate some of the costs families have had to absorb due to remote learning, State Representative Tom Weber (R-Lake Villa) is sponsoring legislation to provide a tax credit to parents who have had to spend money on educational equipment.

“Right before schools were ready to open for in-person learning this fall, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) updated COVID-19 guidelines for face-to-face learning,” said Weber.

“The new rules were much stricter than the original rules, and caused most school districts to fall back to remote learning. This left parents and families scrambling to arrange a suitable home learning environment for their kids.”

HB 5834 creates an income tax credit for parents and legal guardians of school-age students for educational expenses that result from remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses include additional computers, printers, internet routers, tutors, learning facilitators and certain childcare expenses.

“Additional tax credits would be extended to teachers with children to incentivize teachers to work at their schools rather than stay home with their kids.

“A lot of schools don’t have one-to-one digital equipment for students, and for families with multiple school-aged kids, adults had to use their own money to purchase computers, tablets, or other equipment,” Weber said.

“The provisions of HB 5834 will provide these families, who were forced into a learning situation that was not of their own doing, with some relief.”

Weber will be pushing for the bill’s passage during the fall veto session.


Weber Introduces Bill to Assist Parents with Remote Learning Costs — 6 Comments

  1. We don’t want tax credits for remote learning, we want our kids back in school.

    What is Rep. Webber doing to address the problems with remote learning and special education?

    There is a whole group of students who are completely being ignored while the school districts ignore federal law.

    This is a serious problem that many districts are ignoring and will lead to litigation in the future.

    Not the way to look out for taxpayers money if you ask me.

  2. Defund the public brainwashing centers for kids called public schools.

  3. If there is to be a credit, it should be towards the school part of our property taxes.

  4. I want politicians to defund schools.

    Schools are communist propaganda centers.

    And every “conservative” always breaks the rule on being frugal when it comes to schools cuz “the children.”

    Think of when Rauner increased school funding by hundreds of millions of dollars, and he was an AFP small government type guy.

    This was a guy considered too much of a budget cutter, yet when it came to schools he made an exception to that.

    What folly!

    I don’t want the Republican Party to increase school funding but increase it at a slower rate than Democrats.

    I want them to CUT funding for schools until schools aren’t terrorist training camps.

  5. RINO Webs always comes up with more and more governmental intervention.

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