Education Improvement Scholarships tax credits; pre-kindergarten eligibility. (SB1015)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Education Improvement Scholarships tax credits; pre-kindergarten eligibility. Expands the Education Improvement Scholarships tax credits program by including, as eligible scholarship recipients, children enrolled in or attending nonpublic pre-kindergarten programs whose parents or guardians were unable to obtain services for the children through the Virginia Preschool Initiative. The maximum annual scholarship that a child admitted to, enrolled in, or attending a nonpublic pre-kindergarten program will receive is the lesser of the child's actual educational expenses or the state's share of the grant per child under the Virginia Preschool Initiative for the locality in which the child resides. Under current law, tax credits are awarded to individuals and businesses making donations to nonprofit scholarship foundations using the donated funds to award scholarships to certain students in grades K-12 attending nonpublic schools. Eligible scholarship recipients are students in grades K-12 with a finalized individualized education program (IEP) in place or whose annual household income is not in excess of 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The bill defines an eligible pre-kindergarten child and a nonpublic pre-kindergarten program and includes several other curriculum and administrative requirements that must be met by a nonpublic pre-kindergarten program in order for children attending the program to be eligible to receive scholarships under the tax credit program. Under the bill, the Virginia Council for Private Education or the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation will certify nonpublic pre-kindergarten programs meeting such curriculum and administrative requirements. The bill also reduces the penalty for failure to fully disburse all donations received from 200 percent of the difference between 90 percent of the value of the donations it received and the amount disbursed to 100 percent of the difference. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


08/03/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100091D
08/03/2018Referred to Committee on Finance
01/14/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1015)
01/29/2019Reported from Finance with amendments (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Read second time
01/31/2019Reading of amendments waived
01/31/2019Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1015E
01/31/2019Printed as engrossed 19100091D-E
02/01/2019Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Finance
02/06/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1015E)
02/11/2019Reported from Finance (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2019Read second time
02/13/2019Read third time
02/13/2019Passed House (56-Y 42-N)
02/13/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (56-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1015ER)
02/18/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1015ER)
02/18/2019Signed by Speaker
02/19/2019Signed by President
02/20/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 25, 2019
02/20/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 20, 2019
02/20/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/26/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 817 (effective 7/1/19)
03/26/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0817)