2019 Legislative Session 
Summaries and Status of Priority Bills
 

Updated 2/14/19

Numerous education bills have been filed in the House and Senate; see our list of troublesome privatization bills and the legislators who authored the measures. As bills move through the 2019 Legislative Session, our priority bills listed below will be updated to reflect legislative actions - committee votes, House and Senate votes, amendments, etc. 


HB 1072
  
ESA Voucher Expansion DEAD  - Opens current special needs ESA voucher program to students with any health diagnosis; gives unaccountable private voucher schools more money - not less - than public schools receive in MAEP per-student funding; says private voucher schools that accept taxpayer dollars "shall not" be regulated; reduces funding for public schools by changing how average daily attendance is counted for funding purposes, deleting the law allowing excused absences for academic field trips or school-related events off campus; allows voucher parents to use a mobile app to charge the state for supplies and expenses

• Referred to House Education Committee, 1/21/19

• Died in committee, 2/5/19

The Parents' Campaign opposes this bill.

 

SB 2675   ESA Vouchers for All - Opens current special needs ESA voucher program to all students, adding an estimated 4,700 new vouchers each year; funds each private school voucher at a higher rate than MAEP per-student funding for public schools; more than quadruples voucher funding, adding an estimated minimum $25-million every year; says private voucher schools that accept taxpayer dollars "shall not be required to report data..." and shall not be regulated; reduces funding for public schools by changing how average daily attendance is counted for funding purposes by deleting the law allowing excused absences for academic field trips or school-related events off campus; allows voucher parents to use a mobile app to charge the state for supplies and expenses

• Referred to Senate Education Committee, 1/21/19

Committee substitute bill passed by Senate Education Committee, 2/5/19; substitute bill removes voucher expansion and other provisions of original bill, extends current voucher program to 2024 (it is slated to end in 2020)

• Committee substitute amended by Senate to provide for voucher funds to follow student who leaves private school during the school year to return to public school, amended bill passed by Senate, 2/14/19  See vote

The Parents' Campaign opposes this bill.