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Freedom in edu savings accounts
EDUCATION – Adds to existing law to provide for eduation savings accounts.

RS30093 / S1038

If enacted, this bill, known as the "Freedom in Education Savings Accounts (FIE)," would create savings accounts for Idaho families on K-12 age children. The act would allow dollars to follow students so parents could access the education services and environments that work best for their children. Eighty percent (80%) of the "most current available statewide average general maintenance and operations fund expenditures per full term average daily attendance as calculated by the department" or approximately $5,950.00 will be available to eligible students, based on 2020-2021 State Department of Education financial summaries. A student participating in the program must be a resident of Idaho who is eligible to enroll in a public school for any grades K-12. Parents will be able to access and spend these funds on behalf of their child for approved educational expenses through an online platform. A "Parent Review Commission" is established to provide recommendations to the department about how to implement, administer and improve the program. The program will come into effect on and after July 1, 2023.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/01 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/02 Reported Printed; referred to Education
02/16 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
02/17 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
02/24 Retained on calendar
02/27 Read third time in full – FAILED - 12-23-0
AYES – Bjerke, Carlson, Den Hartog, Foreman, Hart, Herndon, Lenney, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Toews, Trakel, Zuiderveld
NAYS – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Burtenshaw, Cook, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hartgen, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lent, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow
Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsors - Nichols & Lenney
Filed in Office of the Secretary of Senate