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HB 658 - Amends The School "Accountability Act" - Key Vote

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Legislation - Veto Override Passed (Senate) (19-15) -
Legislation - Veto Override Passed (House) (59-6) -
Legislation - Vetoed (Amendatory Veto) (Executive) -

Title: Amends The School "Accountability Act"

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (61-41) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends The School "Accountability Act"

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that amends the "Accountability Act" relating to tax credits for students to transfer out of failing schools, effective retroactively to March 14, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Amends the definition of a “failing school” to be a school that meets at least 1 of certain criteria including, but not limited to, the following criteria (Sec. 1):
    • The school is designated as a failing school by the Superintendent of Education;
    • The school, until June 1, 2017, does not exclusively serve a special population of students and has been listed in the lowest 6 percent of public K-12 schools on state standardized tests 3 or more times during the most recent 6 years; or
    • The school, on or after June 1, 2017, does not exclusively serve a special population of students and has received at least 1 grade of “F” or, during the most recent 4 years has earned at least 3 consecutive grades of “D” on the school grading system.
  • Prohibits a public or nonpublic school from being required to enroll a student (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a public or nonpublic school to develop terms and conditions for the enrollment of a student transferring from a failing school, except for terms and conditions which discriminate based on the race, gender, religion, color, disability, or ethnicity of the student or the student’s parent (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that each year after a student transfers from a failing school to a nonpublic school and remains enrolled there, 20 percent of the cost of attendance for a public school student will be paid to the failing school (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the parent of a student attempting to transfer out of a failing school to first attempt to enroll his or her child in a non-failing public school in the same local system in which the student is already enrolled before seeking space in another school system (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the parent of a student enrolled in a non-failing public school within another school system to be responsible for the student’s transportation (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a corporate taxpayer to claim a tax credit for 100 percent of their total contributions made to educational scholarship granting organizations, if the following conditions are met (Sec. 1):
    • The tax credit does not exceed 50 percent of the taxpayer’s total tax liability; and
    • The tax credits granted through this provision do not exceed $25 million.
  • Specifies that any scholarship funds that are unaccounted for by September 15 of each year will be made available for low-income students to attend qualifying schools (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits any donations that directly benefit specifically designated scholarship recipients (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (21-12) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends The School "Accountability Act"

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the "Accountability Act" relating to tax credits for students to transfer out of failing schools, effective retroactively to March 14, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Amends the definition of a “failing school” to be a school that meets at least 1 of certain criteria including, but not limited to, the following criteria (Sec. 1):
    • The school is designated as a failing school by the Superintendent of Education;
    • The school, until June 1, 2017, does not exclusively serve a special population of students and has been listed in the lowest 6 percent of public K-12 schools on state standardized tests 3 or more times during the most recent 6 years; or
    • The school, on or after June 1, 2017, does not exclusively serve a special population of students and has received at least 1 grade of “F” or, during the most recent 4 years has earned at least 3 consecutive grades of “D” on the school grading system.
  • Prohibits a public or nonpublic school from being required to enroll a student (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a public or nonpublic school to develop terms and conditions for the enrollment of a student transferring from a failing school, except for terms and conditions which discriminate based on the race, gender, religion, color, disability, or ethnicity of the student or the student’s parent (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that each year after a student transfers from a failing school to a nonpublic school and remains enrolled there, 20 percent of the cost of attendance for a public school student will be paid to the failing school (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the parent of a student attempting to transfer out of a failing school to first attempt to enroll his or her child in a non-failing public school in the same local system in which the student is already enrolled before seeking space in another school system (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the parent of a student enrolled in a non-failing public school within another school system to be responsible for the student’s transportation (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a corporate taxpayer to claim a tax credit for 100 percent of their total contributions made to educational scholarship granting organizations, if the following conditions are met (Sec. 1):
    • The tax credit does not exceed 50 percent of the taxpayer’s total tax liability; and
    • The tax credits granted through this provision do not exceed $25 million.
  • Specifies that any scholarship funds that are unaccounted for by September 15 of each year will be made available for low-income students to attend qualifying schools (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits any donations that directly benefit specifically designated scholarship recipients (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (62-40) -

Title: Amends The School "Accountability Act"

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Amends The School "Accountability Act"

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