Tuition grants, empowering parents
EDUCATION – Amends, repeals, and adds to existing law to revise provisions regarding the Empowering Parents Program and to provide for tuition grants.

RS30631 / S1161

This bill expands the Empowering Parents Program to add transportation to and from school as an allowable expense for the micro-grants ($1,000/student; $3,000 maximum per family). This bill also creates a pilot program for five years for up to 2,000 students per year to provide a tuition grant of $6,000 per student. This tuition grant can be used for both traditional tuition or for the hiring of a certified teacher for a micro-school. The distribution of the tuition grant will be prioritized based on the lowest income applicants receiving the highest priority. The tuition grant pilot program sunsets in five years. The new tuition grants and the existing micro-grants will continue to be distributed via a digital platform. This bill also increases the transparency and accountability of the program. This legislation moves the operation of the Empowering Parents Grant Program from the State Board of Education to the State Department of Education.

Bill Events
Date Description
03/10 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
03/13 Reported Printed; referred to Education
03/15 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/16 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
Rules Suspended (2/3 Vote - Read in full as required) – PASSED - 19-15-1
AYES – Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Carlson, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Harris, Herndon, Lakey, Lenney, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Ricks, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Winder, Zuiderveld
NAYS – Adams, Burtenshaw, Cook, Guthrie, Hartgen, Just, Lee, Lent, Rabe, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Ward-Engelking, Wintrow
Absent and excused – Hart
Floor Sponsor - Den Hartog
Title apvd - to House
03/17 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
Read First Time, Held at Desk
03/20 Bill Previously Held at Desk, Referred to Education