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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."
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.
|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 Text: Introduced
Bill Text: Committee Substitute Bill
Bill Text: Engrossed Bill