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HB 939 - Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers - Tennessee Key Vote

Rick Staples voted Nay (Conference Report Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers

Signed by Governor Bill Lee
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (19-14) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers

Vote Result
Yea Votes
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that authorizes education savings account vouchers to students in specified school districts.

Highlights:

 

  • Defines “department” as the department of education and “eligible postsecondary institution” as a private postsecondary institution accredited by an organization approved by the state or an institution operated by the following (Sec. 1):

    • The board of trustees of the University of Tennessee;

    • The board of regents of the state university and community college system; or

    • A local governing board of trustees of a state university.

  • Defines “eligible or participating student” as a resident of the state who (Sec. 1):

    • Was previously enrolled in a Tennessee public school for one full school year;

    • Is eligible to enroll in a Tennessee school for the first year;

    • Received an education savings account in the previous school year; and

    • Is a student in any of the grades kindergarten through 12.

  • Defines “ESA” as an education savings account (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that funds deposited in a participating student’s Education Savings Account shall be used for only the following, including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Tuition or fees at a participating school;

    • Textbooks required by a participating school;

    • Tutoring services provided by a tutor or tutoring facility that meets the requirements established by the department;

    • Computer hardware, technological devices, or fees approved by the Department; and

    • School uniforms if required by a participating school.

  • Authorizes participating and eligible students 17 years of age or younger to enroll in the Education Savings Account program until (Sec. 1):

    • The participating student enrolls in a public school;

    • Ceases to be a resident of the LEA in which the student resided when they entered the program; or

    • Graduates, or withdraws from high school.

  • Defines “LEA” as the Local Education Agency (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes a participating student to return to the students LEA at any time after enrolling in the program and specifies that upon a student’s return to the LEA, the students ESA shall be closed and any remaining funds be returned to the state (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (51-46) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that authorizes education savings account vouchers to students in specified school districts.

Highlights:

 

  • Defines “department” as the department of education and “eligible postsecondary institution” as a private postsecondary institution accredited by an organization approved by the state or an institution operated by the following (Sec. 1):

    • The board of trustees of the University of Tennessee;

    • The board of regents of the state university and community college system; or

    • A local governing board of trustees of a state university.

  • Defines “eligible or participating student” as a resident of the state who (Sec. 1):

    • Was previously enrolled in a Tennessee public school for one full school year;

    • Is eligible to enroll in a Tennessee school for the first year;

    • Received an education savings account in the previous school year; and

    • Is a student in any of the grades kindergarten through 12.

  • Defines “ESA” as an education savings account (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that funds deposited in a participating student’s Education Savings Account shall be used for only the following, including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Tuition or fees at a participating school;

    • Textbooks required by a participating school;

    • Tutoring services provided by a tutor or tutoring facility that meets the requirements established by the department;

    • Computer hardware, technological devices, or fees approved by the Department; and

    • School uniforms if required by a participating school.

  • Authorizes participating and eligible students 17 years of age or younger to enroll in the Education Savings Account program until (Sec. 1):

    • The participating student enrolls in a public school;

    • Ceases to be a resident of the LEA in which the student resided when they entered the program; or

    • Graduates, or withdraws from high school.

  • Defines “LEA” as the Local Education Agency (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes a participating student to return to the students LEA at any time after enrolling in the program and specifies that upon a student’s return to the LEA, the students ESA shall be closed and any remaining funds be returned to the state (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (20-13) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (50-48) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes education savings account vouchers to students in specified school districts.

Highlights:

 

  • Defines “department” as the department of education and “eligible postsecondary institution” as a private postsecondary institution accredited by an organization approved by the state or an institution operated by the following (Sec. 1):

    • The board of trustees of the University of Tennessee;

    • The board of regents of the state university and community college system; or

    • A local governing board of trustees of a state university.

  • Defines “eligible or participating student” as a resident of the state who (Sec. 1):

    • Was previously enrolled in a Tennessee public school for one full school year;

    • Is eligible to enroll in a Tennessee school for the first year;

    • Received an education savings account in the previous school year; and

    • Is a student in any of the grades kindergarten through 12.

  • Defines “ESA” as an education savings account (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that funds deposited in a participating student’s Education Savings Account shall be used for only the following, including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Tuition or fees at a participating school;

    • Textbooks required by a participating school;

    • Tutoring services provided by a tutor or tutoring facility that meets the requirements established by the department;

    • Computer hardware, technological devices, or fees approved by the Department; and

    • School uniforms if required by a participating school.

  • Authorizes participating and eligible students 17 years of age or younger to enroll in the Education Savings Account program until (Sec. 1):

    • The participating student enrolls in a public school;

    • Ceases to be a resident of the LEA in which the student resided when they entered the program; or

    • Graduates, or withdraws from high school.

  • Defines “LEA” as the Local Education Agency (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes a participating student to return to the students LEA at any time after enrolling in the program and specifies that upon a student’s return to the LEA, the students ESA shall be closed and any remaining funds be returned to the state (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers

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