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Bill Detail: SB24-122

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Title Empowerment Scholarship Accounts
Status Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/28/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House Committee
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 02/05/2024

The bill creates the empowerment scholarship program (program)
in the department of education (department). The purpose of the program
is to meet the educational needs of every eligible student by assisting with
certain education expenses. The bill requires:
  • The department to contract with an entity that will
administer the program (administering entity);
  • The department to transfer to the administering entity an
amount equal to 80% of the prior budget year's statewide
average of district per pupil funding for an eligible student
who receives a scholarship, except to prorate the amount
based on the amount of time remaining in the budget year
if the eligible student is found eligible after the beginning
of the budget year;
  • The parent of an eligible student to apply to the
administering entity for an empowerment scholarship
account (account);
  • A parent of an eligible student to only spend money in the
account on defined eligible expenses; and
  • The administering entity to oversee the program and
comply with an audit to ensure scholarship money is spent
on defined eligible expenses.

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