“We also have eight fabulous PTAs that are very supportive of the schools and classes and their needs,” she said.
Shea-Porter said by making the tax credit permanent it would remain in place for educators to use at tax time even if they don’t itemize their deductions.
Her legislation has been endorsed by the National Education Association, New Hampshire chapter; the American Federation of Teachers, New Hampshire chapter, New Hampshire School Administrators Association; and a host of national education organizations.
She said there is a lot of support in Washington.
“I’m optimistic,” Shea-Porter said. “It’s not an enormous amount of money, but it does help. I expect it will pass.”
The congresswoman said extending the tax credit is something that would mean a lot to a lot of teachers.
“Everybody knows someone that’s a teacher,” she said. “You don’t have to make an argument, that’s an easy sell.”