SECTION 1. The Massachusetts General Laws are hereby amended by inserting the following new chapter:-
Chapter 78B Literacy Tax Credit
Section 1. An Act to create a Literacy Tax Credit (LTC), under the Laws of Massachusetts, providing for a Tax Credit, to certain qualified individuals, for specific assistance in helping individuals to gain literacy.
Section 2. The quality of literacy, learning, and education, being the specific, and proper concern of the Great and General Court since the 1630s, and 1640s, therefore, this Act is created and established, in order that the literacy, and productive economy of the people as a whole, and the many individuals of The Commonwealth, may be further improved.
Section 3. Each person wishing to become literate, should be tested for their level of literacy and competence, by reasonable standards to be established. Each existing literate person, who wishes to participate in helping to improve literacy, can register their willingness to do so, through various recognized educational organizations.
Section 4. A Literacy Training Lesson Program (LTLP) shall be created. Any person being brought to literacy through an ‘LTLP’ shall be recognized by a Literacy Certificate (LC). The person helping to bring them to literacy, designated as a Literacy Sponsor (LS), shall be rewarded at such point, by a Literacy Tax Credit (LTC) of no less than $750, and up to $2200, such amount to be adjustable based on further analysis, and those standards, and regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Section 5. Appropriate standards shall be set by the Massachusetts Department of Education, identifying the standards to be used, in approving those individuals, who wish to assist other individuals to become literate.
Section 6. Other relevant standards, and regulations, shall be established. Detailed recording of the results of this program, shall be kept, regularly analyzed, and publicly made available, so that the program may be measured, improved, and adjusted for effectiveness.
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