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Bill Detail: SB19-074

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Title Support For Literacy Enrichment For Young Students
Status Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (01/31/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors P. Lundeen (R)
House Committee
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 01/10/2019
Description

The bill creates the literacy enrichment scholarship program
(program) for students in kindergarten or grades one through 3 who are

identified as having a significant reading deficiency. The scholarship
amount is limited to $500 per student per year and may be used by the
student's parent to purchase literacy enrichment products and services for
the student.
The department of education (department) must implement the
program by contracting with a nonprofit entity to administer distribution
of the scholarship money. The administering entity will accept
applications and confirm that the applying student and his or her parents
meet the eligibility requirements. The administering entity will then notify
the department, and the department will forward the scholarship amount
for the eligible student to the administering entity, which will deposit the
money in the eligible student's account. The administering entity must
establish a money transfer service by which the parent of an eligible
student may withdraw money from the account. A parent may use the
scholarship money only for literacy enrichment purposes and may not
accept payments from literacy enrichment providers. The bill specifies
procedures for enforcing these requirements.
By January 31, 2023, the department must evaluate whether the
program is successful in assisting students to improve literacy skills. The
department must submit the evaluation to the state board of education and
the education committees of the general assembly.
The general assembly will appropriate money annually for the
program to the literacy enrichment scholarship fund, which is created in
the bill. The program is repealed, effective July 1, 2025.

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