HB 149 Establish the Education Opportunity Account Program and Accompanying Tax Credit
HB 149 is similar to previous bills from 2018, 2019, and 2020 that would give individuals and corporations tax breaks for donations made to private school scholarships. C. McCoy
We oppose this bill because tax credits would divert scarce resources away from the public education system. Now is not the time to consider more tax breaks when Kentucky’s investment in education is not adequate to achieve statewide goals.
- HB 149 does not create true “choices” if parents don’t have any data to compare schools. Private schools do not participate in the state accountability system.
- Private schools can cherry-pick from among the applicant pool and accept the highest-performing students and turn away students that may be more difficult to serve. This could worsen the achievement gap and not address student achievement.
HB 208 Education and Declaring an Emergency – COVID Relief Bill
Education bill that addresses many COVID-19 related issues ranging from attendance, NTI, district calendars, school meal services, assessment & accountability, certified evaluation plans, and email notice requirements. While we support this bill, we are concerned that the need for COVID related- services may be on a more long-term basis. R. Huff. National PTA position
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