Kansas House Republicans on Monday advanced a deeply controversial bill that could reshape the state’s public-private K-12 education system but not before attaching a few items that, for years, have been on Democrats’ wish-list for schools.
The House K-12 Education Budget Committee on Monday worked and advanced SB 83. Originally a Senate Education Committee bill on expansion of tax credit scholarships for low-income students, the House committee “gutted” the contents of SB 83 and replaced with them with HB 2218, which would create a voucher-like education savings account program.
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Dubbed the Sunflower Education Equity Act, the law would allow Kansas families to use taxpayer dollars to pay for non-public educational expenses, such as private school or other academic services and materials.
The families would receive 95% of the per-pupil funding their student would have otherwise receive if