Virginia Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, report, effective clause. (HB389)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico), Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg), Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts established. Permits the parent of a public preschool, elementary, or secondary school student to apply to the school division in which the student resides for a one-year, renewable Parental Choice Education Savings Account that consists of an amount that is equivalent to 90 percent of all applicable annual Standards of Quality per pupil state funds appropriated for public school purposes and apportioned to the resident school division in which the student resides, including the per pupil share of state sales tax funding in basic aid and any state per pupil share of special education funding to which the student is eligible. The bill permits the parent to use the moneys in such account for certain education-related expenses of the student, including tuition, deposits, fees, and required textbooks at a private, sectarian, or nonsectarian elementary or secondary school or preschool that is located in the Commonwealth and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The bill also contains provisions relating to auditing, rescinding, and reviewing expenses made from such accounts. Read the Bill »

Status

04/05/2016: vetoed by governor

History

DateAction
01/06/2016Committee
01/06/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101680D
01/06/2016Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Education Innovation
01/15/2016Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee Education Innovation
01/15/2016Assigned Education sub:
01/19/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 4-N)
01/19/2016Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/20/2016Reported from Education (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/2016Assigned to sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/25/2016Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/26/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (HB389)
02/09/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (HB389)
02/11/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (3-Y 2-N)
02/12/2016Reported from Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Committee substitute printed 16105467D-H1
02/13/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105467D-H1
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB389H1
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House (53-Y 46-N)
02/16/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/25/2016Reported from Education and Health (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2016Rereferred to Finance
03/02/2016Reported from Finance with amendments (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Passed by for the day
03/04/2016Passed by for the day
03/07/2016Read third time
03/07/2016Reading of amendments waived
03/07/2016Committee amendments agreed to
03/07/2016Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/07/2016Passed Senate with amendments (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Placed on Calendar
03/08/2016Senate amendments agreed to by House (52-Y 47-N)
03/08/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB389H1)
03/09/2016Enrolled
03/09/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB389ER)
03/09/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB389ER)
03/09/2016Signed by Speaker
03/10/2016Signed by President
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/11/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/05/2016G Vetoed by Governor
04/20/2016Placed on Calendar
04/20/2016Passed by for the day - Governor's veto sustained

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 25 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

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Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): AYES 23, NOS 17.

[Unknown]: AYES 23, NOS 17. THE BILL PASSES. HOUSE BILL 389. A BILL RELATING TO PARENTAL CHOICE EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE A AMENDMENTS. THE SENATOR FROM AUGUSTA, SENATOR HANGER.

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon): I MOVE WE ADOPT THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS.

[Unknown]: THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS BE AGREED TO. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THEIT. THE SENATOR FROM AUGUSTA.

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon): I MOVE THE BILL PASS AND I WOULD YIELD TO THE NASCAR FROM LYNCHBURG.

[Unknown]: SENATOR NEWMAN. THIS SETS UP PARENTAL COURSE IN HE WASCATION. THE BILL ALSO WHEN IT CAME THROUGH THE ED EDUCATION AND HEALTH COMMITTEE WE CONSIDERED IT. WHILE IT IS GOVERNOR DIFFERENT FROM SENATOR STORES IT APPROACH IT HAS SOME SIMILARITIES TO IT BUT IT IS NOT EXACTLY THE SAME. WHEN IT WENT TO FINANCE THERE WAS A DECISION TO PUT A REENACTMENT CLAUSE ON IT. I KNOW THAT HOPES SOME AND TOWS NOT HELP OTHERS. THE BILL REQUIRES THAT THIS MONEY BE USED FOR PARTICULAR STUDENT HIGH IN NEED AND SETS OUT A BATH WAY TO HAVE CHOICES. A LOTT OF LOCALITIES LIKE HEIN WE END UP WITH THOSE THAT HAVE VERY FEW SPECIAL NEAT NEEDS. THE SCHOOL IS TRYING TO FIND PRIVATE OPTIONS AND ALSOEN VERY, VERY EXPENSE IM. WE WILL PROVIDE A PATHWAY FOR INSTEAD OF THE SCHOOLS LOOKING FORWARD, PRIVATE OPTIONS FOR ONE TO ONE RELATION SHIPS. THEY ARE GOING TO ALLOW THE PARENT TO FIND THEIR WAY THAT THE CREDITS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RICHMOND CITY HAS DONE A GREAT DEAL OF WORK IN THIS REGARD IN HIS PREVIOUS LIFE AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE SENATOR FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM RICHMOND CITY, SENATOR BUSS. THANK JU, I RIDE TO SPEAK IF OUR PART OF THIS HER PURR? FLOOR. IF YOU EVER SEVENNED IN TOE CAL GOVERNMENT OR ANY CAPACITY IN PUB HICK INFORMATION IN HAWAII WE TO A FAMILY NOMINAL WON WHEN IT COULDS TO -- COMES TO SPECIAL EDUCATION. THEY DID A PHENOMENAL JOB WITH OUR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. EVERY YEAR THERE WERE A SMALL HANDFUL OF KIDS PAULING THROUGH THE CRACKS AND IF YOU SHOCKED AT KNOW CAT AMOUNT YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. A LETTED OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL EATS AND THEIR TAMLIES TO GET THE THEM THAT THEY NEED THAT THEY AREN'T GETTING PRESENTLY FROM LAIR THEIR LE CAL PUBLIC SCHOOL. IF IT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU THAT WE LOOK OUT FOR THOSE FALLING TO THE CRACKS AND MAY NEED A LITTLE EXTRA HELP TO GET THE EX-CATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY NEED AND BEING ABLE TO SUPPORT OUR PUBLIC SKILLS I WOULD ASK THAT WE PASS THIS BILL. THE QUESTION IS SENATE BILL 389 PASS. THANKS YOU, WOULD THE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): ANCHOR1: GENTLEMAN FROM RICHMOND YIELD FOR A YES.

[Unknown]: I YIELD. ANNEALS, JURY. THIS WOULD ALU TAXATION -- IT WOULD ALLOW PARENTS GIVE PARENTS THE FREEDOM TO USE 90 9% OF THE SOB FUNDING THAT WOULD THAT NILE TO SEEK RIGHT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITYS. WITHOUT GENTLEMAN Y FOR -- AN ADDITION TRILLION. THIS WOULD AHOW THE ROLLERS TO GO A SAVINGS ACCOUNT TO THEM GO TO A VIE I HAVE SCOOT WHICH WOULD BE ASCHOOL. THE SENATOR FROM RICH MONDAY CITY. THAT IS NOT ODD THE RECOMMEND MANY OF. IT PROVIDES THE PARENT WITH THE APILL TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR THEIR CHILD WHEN NOT RECEIVE THE WAS INS SERVICES THAT THEIR CHILDREN CHILD NEEDS. YIELD FOR ANTIATIONAL QUESTION. I WILL YIELD. HE REALS, SENATOR. WHICH SITS IN APPROPRIATE OF PUCK HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT HALL BE MADE TO ANY -- WITH THREE EXCEPTIONS WHICH I DON'T THINK APPLY. COULD THE GENTLEMAN EXPLAIN HOW THIS SYSTEM OF SENDING TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THE PRY VAL SCHOOLS DOES NOT VIE EIGHT ARTAL 8-10 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF GEORGIA. THIS WOULD NEVER ALLOW FOR THE TRAPS PERIPHERY PUCK LICK FUNDS DIRECTLY TO AN INTIMATE TUBES JAM THIS GOES TO A LET BY A PAIR REN OR HARDANT. IN WORE STATES IT HAS PASSED COP CITY TUBESSAL MUSTER DESPITE SIMILAR TOP CITY TUBESSAL VISIONS LIKE WE HAVE HERE IN VIRGINIA. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAXLESS. THANK YOU, SPEAKING TO THE BILL. FLOOR. I THINK IT STILL HAS A SCHEMING CON CITY USINGALLITY UPON LEM. NOT ONLY IS IT IMPROPER UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE IT'S CONTUSION. THE WALL BETWEEN CHURCH AND LIGHT AND THE MONTESSORI HEALTH OF 2 T. IS VEINY. I. AN OPINION IN WHICH HE WROTE A HIGHER DAY WORK SEPARATION HAS LONG BEEN RECOGNIZED IN VIRGINIA AND NO STATE HAS MORE PREEVERYBODIED QUESTIONS AND RELIGIOUS BRIEF AND WORSHIP AS QUESTIONS BETWEEN EACH INDIVIDUAL PERSON AND ITS MAKER THATTEN VIRGINIA. MAT I MILESTONES AND LIVE CITY, RAM IMAGINE MEMORIAL AND REMENK PLANTS HAVE VAUGHAN. AND HISTORIC PROMISE IN THE COLLOQUY FID TEXAS OF THEFICATION OF THE NATION SEPARATION OF HURRICANE CHURCH AND STATE WAS RULE BIJOUS CITIES HUGH FOE BLACK. I MY POINT IS THAT HAWAII HAS SPECIAL GUARANTEES BECAUSE OF OUR HISTORY AND THIS LEGISLATION UNDERCUTS THAT MASSIVELY. IT SENDS TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS THAT STAB RERIDGEN. WE HAVE A LOCK 00 YEAR MUST INTO THE STATE OF NOT DOING THAT. I WOULD URGE YOU TO VOTE RED. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE CITY, MR. EDWARDS.

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke): I ASSOCIATE MY REMAINS TO THOSE OF THE GAS FROM EASTERN I HAVE ANOTHER ISSUE, TOO, WE FAIRFAX. SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE WE VOTE NOR THIS BILL AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL. WHEN WE STARTED THIS OCEAN I THINK VIRGINIA WAS RUNNING 4ST IN THE NATION IN TERMS OF FUNDING FOR PUB LIKE COOLS. OUR BEECHERS ARE MADE 6,000 GUESS THAN THEY WERE IN WAIT ADJUSTING TOO FOR IEPS NATION. WE WERE FIVE THOUSAND H THIRTIES HOSSA. I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE BUDGET THIS END UP LOOKING LIKE. IN DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR PARENTS TO BE PUT IN PRIVATE ACCOUNT. THIS IS VOUCHERS PLAIN AND SIMPLE. TAKING STATE MONEY AND GIVING IT TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS THROUGH THE PROCESS OF THIS SAVINGS ACCOUNT. MR. PRESIDENT WE HAVE NEVER DO THIS. I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD NEVER DO IT AND MR. PRESIDENT, THIS WILL HURT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND I HOPE IT WOULD BE THE PLEASURE OF THE BODY TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM ARLINGTON, SENATOR FAVOLA. TANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. SPEAKING TO THE MOTION TO PASS THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. I WOULD ASK THE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE SENATE TO NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL. IN ADDITION TO SOME OF THE ARGUMENTS MADE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WOULD HAVE TO SET UP AN ENTIRE PROCESS TO APPLY. THEY WOULD HAVE TO SET UP A PROCESS TO APPEAL. THEY HAVE TO FOR FOLLOW THE STUDENT NO LOCKER IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. THIS IS AN ENTIRE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN THAN WOULD HAVE ABOUT OH ABSORBED UNDER THE BILL. I FEEL THE SCHOOL ACE SEMS IN ADDITION TO LOSENNING MOB ANY AND HAVE A BURDEN I THINK IT WILL HAVE AN AGE PACT ON THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES THAT MANY SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS NEED. IT WOULD HAVE SORT OF A DOUBLE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON HOW OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS CAN IF YOU CAN. FOR THESE REASONS, MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK THAT WE NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM BUCKINGHAM, SENATOR GARRETT.

Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg): MR. PRESIDENT, SPEAKING TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg): IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT HYPOCRISY FINDS LIKE, BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE. WE HAVE A BILL COMING UP WITH PLAN PARENTHOOD. AT WHAT POINT DOES THE PUBLIC EDUCATION LOBBY GOING TO STAND UP AND SAY THEY CARE MORE ABOUT MONEY THAN THEY DO KIDS. LET BE CLEAR. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT TAKING MONEY FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MOVING MONEY TO HELP SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN. THIS ISN'T FOR JUST ANY KID. BY THE CHURCH AND STATE LOGIC WE HEARD, MR. PRESIDENT, IF I EARNED THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT I GUESS I CAN'T PUT MONEY IN THE OFFERING TRAY ON SUNDAY. RIGHT? THAT IS THAT GOVERNMENT MONEY GOING TO THE ESTABLISHED RELIGION. THE MONEY GOES TO THE PARENT AND THE PARENT DECIDES THAT WHAT IS IN THE BEST NEEDS OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD. THOSE THAT CARE MOST ARE ARGUING AGAINST HELPING PARENTS WITH KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DEBATE ON THE BILL COMING UP IN TWO PAGES WHERE WE ARE TOLD THAT MONEY IS NOT GOING TO BE USED FOR THIS. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. IT IS NO THE GOING TO RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS. IT IS GOING TO FAMILIES. FAMILIES WHO OF HO LOVE THEIR CHILDREN. FAMILIES WHO LOVE THEIR CHILDRENS WHO HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS TO BEST ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE CHILDREN. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

[Unknown]: SENATOR, THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM LOUDOUN, SENATOR BLACK. >> SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE MEASURE.

Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg): THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

[Unknown]: ONE THING INTERESTING ABOUT THE STRUCTURE OF THIS IS THAT THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT L. RETAIN 100% OF THEIR LOCAL FUNDING UNDER THIS PARTICULAR ARRANGEMENT. WE ARE BEING EXTREMELY COST EFFICIENT AND HAVE NO DAMAGE WHATSOEVER TO THE LOCAL SCHOOLS. AS TO THE LEGALITY OF THIS, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY LITIGATED ALREADY. AND JUST AS ANEXAMPLE IN THE ARIZONA SUPERIOR COURT THE OPINION OF THE COURT WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH THE OTHER DECISIONS SAID THAT THE EXER SIDES OF PARENTAL CHOICE AMONG THE EDUCATION OPTIONS MAKES THE PROGRAM CONSTITUTIONAL. IN OTHER WORDS, WE DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY UNDER THE BLAINE AMENDMENT TO SIMPLY GIVE MONEY TO A PAROCHIAL OR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL TO SPEND IS THE MONEY BUT WE CAN GIVE IT TO THE MONEY TO SPEND. I THINK IT IS A FACETIOUS ARGUMENT THERE A LEGAL PROBLEM. I DON'T THINK THERE IS AND I THINK IT IS TIME TO FOCUS ON THE CONCERNS OF THE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WHOSE PARENTS FIND THAT THOSE STUDENTS DO NOT THRIVE IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SETTING. WE NEED TO GET AWAY FROM SIMPLY, YOU KNOW, WORRYING ABOUT WHAT -- WHAT THE TEACHERS' UNIONS MAY THINK OR NOT THINK. LET'S FOCUS ON CHILDRENnd WHAT WILL BENEFIT THE CHILDREN FROM VIRGINIA.

Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM HENRICO, SENATOR DUNNAVANT.

[Unknown]: SPEAK TO THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. I WOULD CHALLENGE THE BODY FOR US TO USE CONSISTENT AND WELL REASONED THINKING IN WHAT WE ARE DOING AND I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF THE THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX EARLIER. THESE CHILDREN IN PARTICULAR AND I HOPE THAT YOU WILL SUPPORT THIS BILL AND GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO FUND AN EDUCATION THAT WORKS FOR THEM. THE SENATOR FROM STAFFORD, SENATOR STUART.

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland): SPEAKING TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland): I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT THIS A LOT BUT I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR SOMEBODY SAY, MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS ABOUT THE CHILDREN. THERE ARE SO MANY REASON AND PEOPLE IN HERE WHO REALLY WANT TO DO THINGS FOR THESE CHILDREN WHO NEED HELP. I COULDN'T SIT HERE AND NOT TALK ABOUT IT. HERE IS THE REALITY WHAT YOU CAN DO REQUEST THE BILL. THERE ARE CHILDREN IN ARE ROLL AREAS OF THE STATE. NOT IN FAIRFAX COUNTY AND OTHERS WHO HAVE THE BEST SYSTEM IN THE STATE WHO CAN'T BE SERVED BY THEIR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS. I WENT THROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS, MY WIFE AND MY MOTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW AND GRAND MOTHER WERE PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS. THERE ARE PLACES THAT CANNOT SERVE THESE CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AS YOU READ IN THE BILL. THIS GIVES THEM A VEHICLE TO GO AND GET HELP SOME WHERE BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY DON'T GET IT? THESE CHILDREN ARE LOST. THEY ARE LOST. THEY GET PUSHED THROUGH THE SYSTEM. THEY NEVER REALLY GET HELP. THEY NEVER REALLY RECEIVE THE EDUCATION THAT THEY SHOULD RECEIVE. AND THE ABILITY FOR THEM TO HAVE SOME SORT OF A TYPICAL LIFE, I DON'T USE THE WORD NORMAL BECAUSE I DON'T THING ANY OF US, AND I'M CERTAINLY NOT NORMAL BUT SOME SORT OF A TYPICAL LIFE. IT IS NO THE ABOUT THE V.A. OR A CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE. YOU CAN MAKE UP ALL KINDS OF EXCUSES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS. THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS LOSE IN MONEY. THINK ABOUT THAT THAT CHILD HAS A TOUGH LIFE AHEAD OF THEM. IT TAKES THEM THREE TIMES AS LONG TO GET OUT OF BED AND GET DRESSED THAN IT DOES THE REST OF US. GIVE THEM A BREAK AND GET SOME OPEN AND LET THEM FIND AN EDUCATION THAT WILL HELP THEM SUCCEED IN LIFE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 389 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLE S AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE?


Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun): BY, ONE, CLARIFYING LANGUAGE IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, AND SECOND, THEY HAD A REENACTMENT CLAUSE TO THE BILL AND I MOVE WE ACCEPT THE AMENDMENTS.

[Unknown]: SHALL THE SENATE AMENDMENTS BE AGREED TO? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

Comments

Bill P writes:

why not hsa and esa ?
reduce pressure and crowding in public schools.

Kristi Gross writes:

The State's share of funding per student is more money than most families pay in state income and real estate taxes. The money for more than one child would definitely exceed the amount the family has paid in tax. Why should families be paid a profit by taxpayers to educate their children?

Barbara Skinner writes:

This is a bargain for taxpayers. First, only 90% of state funding goes into the ESAs. The second savings comes at the local level; in 2015 our county government paid $42 million towards the operating budget for our school system and around $19 million for debt service of school buildings. The only "profit" to families is that they get money toward choosing the education for their children.