Education Improvement Scholarships tax credits; benefits and eligibility requirements. (SB1365)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) with support from 21 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon), Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Education Improvement Scholarships tax credits; benefits and eligibility requirements; eligible students with a disability. Increases the scholarship amount available for an eligible student with a disability from 100 percent to 300 percent of the per pupil amount distributed to the local school division as the state's share of the standards of quality costs, or the actual qualified educational expenses of the student, whichever is less. The bill broadens the definition of "eligible student with a disability" to include any child who is a resident of Virginia for whom an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) has been written and finalized in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In addition, the family household income of the eligible student with a disability who is receiving the scholarship must not exceed 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The bill also provides that an eligible student with a disability may only receive the increased amount of scholarship funds if they attend a school for students with disabilities that (i) is licensed by the Department of Education to serve students with disabilities, (ii) complies with the nonpublic school accreditation requirements of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, (iii) is exempt from taxation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and (iv) does not receive public funds to supplement the cost of the education of the eligible student with a disability who is receiving the scholarship. Amends § 58.1-439.25, § 58.1-439.28, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/08/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Finance Committee


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101348D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Finance
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1365)

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