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Bill Detail: HB19-1151

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Title Special Education Opportunity Scholarships
Status House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/14/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors T. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/29/2019

The bill creates the Colorado special education opportunity
scholarship program (program) to provide scholarships to parents of
eligible students with disabilities to use in purchasing services from an
education provider or other educational services as selected by the parent.
The department of education (department) must select up to 3 entities
(scholarship facilitators) to implement the program by establishing and
maintaining an account for each participating eligible student. The
administrative costs of the scholarship facilitators are paid from money

deposited in each account.
An eligible student who participates in the program receives a
scholarship in an amount equal to the statewide per pupil revenues plus
the amount of per pupil special education funding plus a proportional
share of the funding for students with multiple disabilities if the eligible
student has multiple disabilities. The eligible student must not be enrolled
in a public school so long as the student is receiving a scholarship. The
parent of a participating eligible student must use the money in the
student's account to purchase educational services or materials, as
described in the bill, and maintain a record of and receipts for services
and materials purchased. A parent may not accept any payment, rebate,
or illegitimate refund from a provider from whom the parent purchases
educational services or materials. The bill establishes the process for
investigating and addressing, if necessary, any alleged misuse of
scholarship money.
The bill specifies the duties of the scholarship facilitators,
including publicizing the program, reporting specified information to the
department, establishing the method for paying money out of the
accounts, monitoring parents' use of the money in the accounts, and
approving educational services providers.

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