Troublesome Bills - 2019 Legislative Session

Posted 2/28/19

Numerous education bills have been filed in the House and Senate; see below our list of troublesome privatization bills with the name of the legislator who authored each bill. These measures make it easier to shift public funds to private academies and online and for-profit private schools. Lacking support from legislators, most of these bills died on the first committee deadline without being considered. Any bills that move forward in the legislative process will be posted here with details regarding legislative actions - committee votes, House and Senate votes, amendments, etc.

Vouchers for Private School Tuition (General bill deadline for committee action: 2/5/19)

HB 858 - DEAD - Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship Expansion, authored by Rep. Criswell

HB 920 - DEAD - ESA Voucher Expansion, authored by Rep. Weathersby

HB 1072 - DEAD - ESA Voucher Expansion, authored by Rep. Crawford

SB 2029 - DEAD - Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship Expansion, authored by Sen. Blackwell

SB 2093 - DEAD - MS ESA Voucher, authored by Sen. Watson

SB 2165 - DEAD - MS Opportunity Scholarship Act of 2019, authored by Sen. Watson

SB 2675 - DEAD - ESA Vouchers for All, authored by Sen. Tollison (track legislative action)

SB 2825 - DEAD - ESA Voucher Expansion, authored by Sen. Caughman

SB 2919 - DEAD - Speech Language Voucher Expansion, authored by Sen. Burton


Tax Credits and Deductions for Private School Tuition and Home School Expenses
(Revenue bill deadline for original floor action: 2/27/19)

HB 634 - DEAD - Income Tax Credit Scholarships, authored by Rep. Criswell

SB 2097 - DEAD - Income Tax Deduction Scholarships, authored by Sen. Watson

SB 2173 - DEAD - Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act, authored by Sen. Watson

SB 2250 - DEAD - Income Tax Credit Scholarships, authored by Sen. Hill

SB 2579 - DEAD - Income Tax Credit Scholarships, authored by Sen. Fillingane


School Board Elections and Autonomy
(General bill deadline for committee action: 2/5/19)

HB 96 - DEAD - Elect All School Board Members, authored by Rep. Ladner

HB 139 - DEAD - Includes Provision to Elect All School Board Members, authored by Rep. Young

HB 169 - DEAD - Remove School Board Authority to Increase Ad Valorem Taxes, authored by Rep. Shirley

HB 488 - DEAD - Elect All School Board Members, authored by Rep. Banks

HB 659 - DEAD - Elect All School Board Members, authored by Rep. Eubanks

SB 2068 - DEAD - Elect All School Board Members, authored by Sen. Blackwell

SB 2102 - DEAD - Elect All School Board Members, authored by Sen. Watson


Home Schooling
(General bill deadline for committee action: 2/5/19)

HB 118 - DEAD - Allow Homeschooled Students to Participate in Public School Extracurricular Activities, authored by Rep. Arnold

SB 2912 - DEAD - Allow Homeschooled Students to Participate in Public School Extracurricular Activities, authored by Sen. Watson