Idaho education opportunity program
EDUCATION – Amends and adds to existing law to establish the Idaho Education Opportunity Program.

RS30575 / H0289

This legislation creates the Idaho Education Opportunity Program (IEOP) to provide families with school age students, Kindergarten to 12th Grade, a choice to utilize up to 80% of the average per student state funding. The funding for an IEOP account could be used for eligible expenses, including Tuition at an accredited private school or a Personalized Student Education Plan that would include expenditures for Textbooks, reasonable transportation, education equipment and technology, educational therapies, fees for testing, admissions, fees to manage the IEOP account, tuition for individual classes, uniforms, tutoring, and technology devices. Eligible Students from families with less than $70,000 of Adjusted Gross Income, entering the program as a kindergarten student, or applying after having attended an Idaho Public School for 90 days in the prior school year, will have priority of appropriated funds, prior to students with AGI’s greater than $70,000. The public school district of record shall receive the remaining 20% with final distribution under the student foundation funding. The Parents agree that IEOP funds shall only be used according to the approved uses and agree that any Qualified School shall provide the parents with the results of a nationally normed assessment. Use of funds for a Personalized Student Education Plan will include a nationally normed assessment. To renew the account the parent shall demonstrate that their student is at grade level, or has shown one full year of academic growth. This legislation amends the definition of “eligible education expenses” under Empowering Parents Grants to include tuition for qualifying students with qualifying household AGI under $40,000. The effective date of this bill is January 1, 2024 and the first applications will be received by June 15, 2024 for the 2025 school year.

Bill Events
Date Description
03/09 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
Reported Printed and Referred to Education