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Empowerment Scholarship Accounts

Concerning creating a scholarship program for students to pursue educational opportunities.
2024 Regular Session
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

The bill creates the empowerment scholarship program (program) in the department of education (department). The purpose of the program is to meet the educational needs of every eligible student by assisting with certain education expenses. The bill requires:

  • The department to contract with an entity that will administer the program (administering entity);
  • The department to transfer to the administering entity an amount equal to 80% of the prior budget year's statewide average of district per pupil funding for an eligible student who receives a scholarship, except to prorate the amount based on the amount of time remaining in the budget year if the eligible student is found eligible after the beginning of the budget year;
  • The parent of an eligible student to apply to the administering entity for an empowerment scholarship account (account);
  • A parent of an eligible student to only spend money in the account on defined eligible expenses; and
  • The administering entity to oversee the program and comply with an audit to ensure scholarship money is spent on defined eligible expenses.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. B. Kirkmeyer



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details