Senate Bill 1243: Taxpayer Funding for Lower Income Special Needs Home Instruction Students


Last Updated: February 8, 2017
Senate Bill 1243: Taxpayer Funding for Lower Income Special Needs Home Instruction Students
Sen. Siobhan S. Dunnavant

This bill would give the parents of special needs homeschool students the right to use some of the taxpayer money that would have gone to the local public school if their child had been enrolled. Their family income must be less than 300% of the poverty guidelines (roughly $75,000 for a family of four). The child must have been under an IEP. The child must either be about to enter kindergarten, or must have been enrolled in public school the previous 2 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, or testing. There are numerous other requirements, including administrative and accounting requirements.

HSLDA's Position:

Do not support.

In the short term, this bill would certainly encourage some undecided families to homeschool, provide relief for some families facing special financial challenges, and perhaps provide public schools with meaningful and healthy competition.

In the long run, however, if some homeschool families accept taxpayer money, thus becoming beholden to and dependent upon the government, we believe it could change the public’s perception of all homeschool families in such a way as to make it much more difficult to advance the cause of homeschool freedom—or even protect what we have worked so hard to achieve.

Action Requested:
None at this time

01/10/17 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102447D
01/10/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/26/17 Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (8-Y 7-N)
01/26/17 Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104318D-S1
01/26/17 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/01/17 Senate: Reported from Finance with amendment (11-Y 5-N)
02/02/17 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/17 Senate: Read second time
02/03/17 Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/03/17 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104318D-S1
02/03/17 Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/03/17 Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/17 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB1243ES1
02/03/17 Senate: Printed as engrossed 17104318D-ES1
02/06/17 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/06/17 Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/17 Senate: Defeated by Senate (20-Y 20-N)
02/06/17 Senate: Chair votes No

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