Missouri House Passes Education Scholarship Accounts

In an historic vote, the Missouri House this week passed HB 349, sponsored Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters), which creates a tax credit to encourage donations to educational scholarship granting organizations that then grant scholarships to students currently attending public school and who have a learning disability that impacts their learning or are being raised in a low-income household.  The House passed the bill with a constitutional majority of 82 in favor, 71 opposed.  The Missouri Catholic Conference has supported such scholarship account programs in the past and testified in support of HB 349.  

The bill now moves to the Senate, which this week debated their own version of education reform in a larger bill, SB 55, sponsored by Senator Cindy O'Laughlin (R-Shelbina).  The Senate version includes education scholarship accounts and charter school expansion, among other measures.  The Senate debated SB 55 for nearly 12 hours into the evening on Tuesday night before laying the bill over for further consideration. The Senate floor leader, Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), and the House Speaker, Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold), have both indicated education reform is a legislative priority for the 2021 legislative session.

March 1, 2021 - 2:02pm
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