Senate Bill 3: Establishes Education Savings Account Program


Last Updated: May 12, 2017
Senate Bill 3: Establishes Education Savings Account Program
Senators L. Taylor, Hall, Hancock, Huffines, Bettencourt, Campbell, Schwertner, V. Taylor

Establishes a state-funded subsidy program called an "Education Savings Account" that would grant state funds to students born after September 1, 2012 or who attended a public school during the entire preceding academic year. These funds could be used for certain educational expenses such as tuition, textbooks and curriculum, and tutoring. As amended on the Senate floor, expenses must be spent on textbooks required by an accredited private school. This excludes homeschool expenses from qualifying as "approved education-related expenses."

HSLDA's Position:

Neutral. ESA funds in this program can no longer be used for homeschool expenses.

HSLDA remains opposed to any government funding of homeschool programs. Since homeschool programs no longer qualify for this program, HSLDA is neutral on Senate Bill 3. We will continue to monitor the bill in the House to track any changes.

Action Requested:
None at this time
01/30/2017 Senate Introduced
02/01/2017 Senate Passed First Reading; Referred to Education Committee
03/15/2017 Senate Scheduled for public hearing 3/21/2017
03/21/2017 Senate Considered in public hearing; Testimony taken in committee; Left pending in committee
03/23/2017 Senate Considered in public hearing; Testimony taken in committee
03/27/2017 Senate Reported favorably as substituted; Committee report printed and distributed
03/28/2017 Senate Placed on intent calendar
03/30/2017 Senate Passed Second Reading; Amended on Senate Floor; Passed Third Reading (18-13)
04/03/2017 House Received from Senate
05/12/2017 House Read first time; Referred to Public Education Committee


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Bill History

Bill Text: Introduced

Bill Text: Committee Substitute Bill

Bill Text: Engrossed Bill