On Friday afternoon, House Bill 2238 reported from the House Appropriations Committee. This legislation, sponsored by Delegate LaRock, would allow parents of certain students with disabilities to remove their children from the public schools and to receive 90% of the state SOQ per pupil funding which would be placed in a Parental Choice Education Savings Account. Those state funds could then be used by the parent to send the student to private school or to pay for certain other services for the child. While the supporters of the bill argue that the bill will not have any cost to local school divisions, the way this bill is drafted and the interplay between this bill and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act could result in substantial liability to local school divisions.
HB2238 will be debated on the floor on tomorrow with a final vote on Tuesday.
We ask that you please contact your Delegates and urge them to vote NO on HB2238. You can find the contact
information for your Delegate here.
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