House Bill 1605: Taxpayer Funding for Home Instruction Students


Last Updated: March 28, 2017
House Bill 1605: Taxpayer Funding for Home Instruction Students
Representative Dave LaRock

This bill would give parents the right to use about one quarter of the taxpayer money from the state that would have gone to the local public school if their child had been enrolled.

The child must either be about to enter kindergarten, or must have been enrolled in public school the previous two semesters. The family must agree to educate the child in some lawful way other than attending public school.

The money must be used for tutoring, educational therapy, tuition, books, testing, consumable materials, computer-related expenses, and other education-related goods or services, or deposited in a Coverdell education savings account. There are numerous other requirements, including administrative and accounting requirements.

The public school gets to keep the other three-quarters of the state per-pupil funding.

This bill was vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on March 6th.

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA does not support this bill.

Action Requested:
None at this time

01/03/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17
01/03/17 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/17 House: Assigned Education sub: Education Innovation
01/24/17 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (4-Y 3-N)
01/25/17 House: Reported from Education with amendment (12-Y 9-N)
01/25/17 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/17 House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/31/17 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/01/17 House: Reported from Appropriations (12-Y 7-N)
02/03/17 House: Read first time
02/06/17 House: Read second time
02/06/17 House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/06/17 House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/06/17 House: Printed as engrossed
02/07/17 House: Read third time and passed House (49-Y 47-N)
02/07/17 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (49-Y 47-N)
02/08/17 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/17 Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (8-Y 7-N)
02/16/17 Senate: Committee substitute printed
02/16/17 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/16/17 Senate: Reported from Finance with amendment (7-Y 4-N)
02/20/17 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/17 Senate: Read third time
02/21/17 Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/21/17 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to
02/21/17 Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/21/17 Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/21/17 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment
02/21/17 Senate: Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (21-Y 19-N)
02/22/17 House: Placed on Calendar
02/22/17 House: Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House (50-Y 49-N)
02/22/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (50-Y 49-N)
03/07/17 House: Enrolled
03/07/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate
03/07/17 House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17 Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/17 Governor: Vetoed by Governor

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