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May 29, 2007

House Bill 1250: Homeschooler Eligibility for TEXAS Grant Scholarship

Author:
Rep. Charlie Howard

Summary:
This bill originally was written to amend the current law and allow low income private school students (this will include private school students at home) to receive the Texas Grant Scholarship and the B-On-Time Loans.

This bill passed the House and the Senate Education Committee; during the Senate vote on the floor, Senator Ellis forced an amendment to strike section one from the bill. HB 1250 then passed.

The first section in HB 1250 related to TEXAS grants. This section would have allowed graduates from all private schools (and not just from accredited private schools) to meet the academic eligibility for TEXAS grants. Because this section is no longer part of the bill, the requirements for the TEXAS grants (including graduating from an accredited high school) remain the same.

However, the second section, relating to B-on-time loans, did remain part of HB 1250 and passed the Senate. With the new language graduates from all private schools, including unaccredited private schools in the home, meet the academic criteria for the B-on-time loans.

Representative Howard agreed to the Amendment, and the bill was sent to the governor for a signature.

Status:

2/8/2007Filed
2/13/2007House referred to higher education
4/10/2007Committee hearing, reported favorably without amendments
4/25/2007Passed the House
5/1/2007Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee
5/17/2007Considered by the Senate Higher Education Committee in a public hearing
5/18/2007Reported favorably out of Committee
5/22/2007Placed on intent calendar
5/22/2007Passed the Senate, with amendment
5/26/2007House concurs in the amendment
5/26/2007Signed in the House
5/27/2007Signed in the Senate
5/28/2007Sent to the Governor

HSLDA's Position:
Support.

Action Requested:
None requested at this time.

 Other Resources

May-24-2007—Texas—HB 1250 - Bill is going to the Governor

Bill Text

Bill History