House Bill 1225 & Senate Bill 1550: Relating to the Education Savings Account Program

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House Bill 1225 & Senate Bill 1550: Relating to the Education Savings Account Program
House Senate
Sponsors:
Representative Jeffrey "Jeff" Brandes
Sponsors:
Senator Joe Negron
Summary:

House Bill 1225 establishes an Education Savings Account Program in Florida. Applicants to the program who are attending a home education program or a private school will be randomly selected to participate in the Education Savings Account. Specifically, the bill states "A student is eligible to receive funds under the program if the student resides in this state and ... attends a home education program or a private school and was randomly selected to participate in the program (in accordance with procedures laid out for the Education Savings Account)."

Parents must annually apply to the department on behalf of their child during the annual enrollment period. As part of this enrollment process, the parent must identify the education option chosen to meet the compulsory attendance requirements of state law, whether through attendance at a private school or private virtual school, enrollment in a home education program under Section 1002.41, or a private tutoring program under Section 1002.43.

Summary:

Senate Bill 1550 establishes an Education Savings Account Program in Florida. Applicants to the program who are attending a home education program or a private school will be randomly selected to participate in the Education Savings Account. Specifically, the bill states "A student is eligible to receive funds under the program if the student resides in this state and ... attends a home education program or a private school and was randomly selected to participate in the program (in accordance with procedures laid out for the Education Savings Account)."

Parents must annually apply to the department on behalf of their child during the annual enrollment period. As part of this enrollment process, the parent must identify the education option chosen to meet the compulsory attendance requirements of state law, whether through attendance at a private school or private virtual school, enrollment in a home education program under Section 1002.41, or a private tutoring program under Section 1002.43.

Status:

03/04/2011     (House)     Filed
03/08/2011     (House)     First reading
03/14/2011     (House)     Referred to Appropriations Committee; Referred to Rulemaking & Regulation Subcommittee; Referred to Education Committee
03/14/2011     (House)     Now in Education Committee
05/07/2011     (House)     Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration

Status:

03/02/2011     (Senate)     Filed
03/09/2011     (Senate)     Referred to Education Pre-K-12; Higher Education
04/11/2011     (Senate)     On Education Pre-K-12 Committee agenda for April 14, 2011, 9:15 am, 301 Senate Office Building
04/14/2011     (Senate)     Favorable by Education Pre-K-12;Now in Higher Education
05/07/2011     (Senate)     Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA is currently neutral on this bill. While the bill states that the Education Savings Accounts are private funds, the money put into these accounts is state money.

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA is currently neutral on this bill. While the bill states that the Education Savings Accounts are private funds, the money put into these accounts is state money.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Action Requested:
None at this time

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House Bill Text

House Bill History

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Senate Bill Text

Senate Bill History