Education improvement scholarship tax credit; eligible students in need of safer school environment. (HB294)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patron Del. Mike Cherry (R-Colonial Heights)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Education improvement scholarship tax credits; eligible students in need of a safer school environment. Declares eligible for a scholarship from a scholarship foundation that receives an education improvement scholarship tax credit, on the same basis as any other eligible student, eligible students in need of a safer school environment, defined in the bill as any student who, while enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school in kindergarten through grade 12, was the victim of assault, battery, bullying, harassment, hazing, kidnapping, or robbery on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, as substantiated by an investigation and written report by the school principal. The bill provides that (i) eligible students in need of a safer school environment are permitted to use such scholarships to cover the expenses associated with attending another public school within or outside of his school division of residence and (ii) there are no family income restrictions on scholarships for eligible students in need of a safer school environment. The bill clarifies that no public elementary or secondary school or local school division is prohibited or precluded from offering various educational alternatives to an eligible student in need of a safer school environment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102136D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2022Assigned Education sub: K-12
01/25/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/31/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2022Reported from Education with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2022Committee substitute printed 22105322D-H1
02/02/2022Read first time
02/03/2022Read second time
02/03/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105322D-H1
02/03/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB294H1
02/04/2022Read third time and passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/04/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB294H1)
02/24/2022Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)


Bill Peabody writes:

All kids should be safe at school

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