The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee on Wednesday gave initial approval to a school choice bill meant to fund students. SB 81, sponsored by Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R - Arnold), would allow a parent or guardian of a child to direct the state aid that would be used to educate their child to any qualified public or private school. The original version of the legislation also included a refundable tax credit for the educational expenses of those parents who choose to homeschool their children. However, that provision was removed in committee. SB 81 passed out of committee by a 5-4 vote.
The MCC testified in support of the proposal.