HB 2044 by *Moody


(SB 2138) by *Gresham


Education - As introduced, creates a scholarship grant program to allow special education students to receive special education and related services in nonpublic schools. - Amends TCA Title 49.
  • Bill History
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  • Fiscal Note
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  • Actions For HB2044Date
    Taken Off Notice For Cal. in s/c Education Subcommittee of Education Committee 03/19/2014
    Placed on s/c cal Education Subcommittee for 3/18/201403/12/2014
    Assigned to s/c Education Subcommittee02/04/2014
    P2C, ref. to Education Committee--Government Operations for review01/29/2014
    Intro., P1C.01/27/2014
    Filed for intro.01/23/2014
    Actions For SB2138Date
    P2C, ref. to S. Ed. Comm.01/29/2014
    Intro., P1C.01/27/2014
    Filed for intro.01/23/2014
  • No amendments for HB2044.
    No amendments for SB2138.

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  • Fiscal Summary

    Increase State Expenditures - $462,900/FY14-15 $435,300/FY15-16 and Subsequent Years Decrease Local Revenue - $1,742,000/FY14-15 Exceeds $1,742,000/FY15-16 and Subsequent Years Decrease Local Expenditures - Exceeds $1,000,000/FY14-15 and Subsequent Years Other Fiscal Impact - In FY14-15, an estimated $6,000,000 in state BEP funding will shift from LEAs to participating non-public schools. This shift is estimated to exceed $6,000,000 in FY15-16 and subsequent years.


    Bill Summary

    This bill creates a program for awarding scholarship grants to eligible students to attend and receive special education and related services in a nonpublic school. Scholarship grants may also be awarded to provide related services to home schooled students.

    This bill requires the department of education to make available to eligible students, annually by May 1, applications for the award of scholarship grants to attend and to receive special education and related services in a nonpublic school. The department must post on the department's web site information about scholarship grants and the application process.

    The department will give priority in the award of scholarship grants to eligible students who received a scholarship grant during the previous semester. Except as otherwise provided by the department for prior scholarship grant recipients, scholarship grants will be awarded to eligible students in the order in which the applications are received. Eligible students awarded grants may not be enrolled in a public school.

    Scholarship grants awarded to eligible students will be not more than $3,000 per semester per eligible student for the 2014-2015 school year. For future school years, the maximum amount of the scholarship grant per semester will be set in the general appropriations act. Scholarship grants will be awarded only for the reimbursement of tuition and related services, including those related services provided to home schooled students.

    Parents may only receive reimbursement for tuition and related services if the parent provides documentation that the student was enrolled in nonpublic school for 75 days or more of the semester for which the parent seeks reimbursement. A parent may only receive reimbursement for related services provided to a home schooled student if the parent provides documentation that the student received related services for 75 days or more of the semester for which the parent seeks reimbursement. Any federal funding received for transportation of a scholarship student as a related service under federal law will be paid by the LEA directly to the nonpublic school in which the student enrolls; provided, that the nonpublic school agrees to and does provide the transportation for the student.

    This bill requires the department to notify parents of their children's eligibility to receive the scholarship grants, and to notify the LEA in which the student resides of the student's eligibility to receive a scholarship grant. This bill details the procedures for reimbursement and disbursement of funds.

    After an eligible student initially receives a scholarship grant, the LEA must reevaluate the student at least every three years to verify that the student continues to be a child with a disability. This bill requires the department to report annually no later than October 1 on the award and use of scholarship grants to the education committees of the house of representatives and senate.

    This bill defines "eligible student" as a child with a disability 22 years of age or younger who meets all of the following criteria:

    (1) Requires an individualized education plan;
    (2) Receives special education or related services on a daily basis;
    (3) Has not been placed in a nonpublic school or facility by an LEA or other public agency at public expense;
    (4) Has not been enrolled in a postsecondary institution as a full-time student taking at least 12 hours of academic credit;
    (5) Has not received a high school diploma; and
    (6) Meets at least one of the following requirements:
    (A) Was enrolled in a public school in this state during the previous semester;
    (B) Received special education or related services through the public schools of this state as a preschool child with a disability during the previous semester;
    (C) Received a scholarship grant for the previous semester; or
    (D) Is eligible for initial enrollment in kindergarten or the first grade in a public school in this state.

  • FiscalNote for HB2044/SB2138 filed under SB2138
  • House Floor and Committee Votes

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    Senate Floor and Committee Votes

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