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House candidate Rosemary Becchi.

Becchi: Let parents use college funds for supplemental education

House candidate wants to allow families to dip into 529 plans amid pandemic

By Nikita Biryukov, August 13 2020 9:16 am

Rosemary Becchi wants the federal government to temporarily allow families to pull money out of college funds to pay for COVID-19-related education expenses.

“Allowing families to use their 529s to help their children learn during this unprecedented time is a no-brainer,” the House candidate said. “I may be a tax policy expert, but more importantly I am a mother and I will do anything I can do to help children learn. This simple policy adjustment can help families personalize their education needs which have changed rapidly due to the pandemic.”

Becchi’s proposal would let parents pay for textbooks, tutoring, online education material, outside courses and educational therapies for students with disabilities using money from 529 savings plans.

On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced new guidance for schools that will allow them to go fully remote when the school year begins next month.

The Guidance will require schools open remotely if they are unable to certify they can hold in-person classes safely.

“I can tell you that my daughter Francesca would not be headed to college this week if her education consisted solely of a one-dimensional educational platform — she is not the type of learner who can sit in front of a computer screen all day,” Becchi said. “What I’m proposing today is that we allow families to use their money which has been earmarked for educational expenses in a way that is personalized to their child’s needs.”

Becchi is seeking the 11th congressional district’s House seat. She’ll face Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in November.

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