We’ve come to the end of the 2016 Legislative Session – here’s a summary of our progress and what to look for in the months ahead.
This legislative session there was an important debate on Education Savings Accounts and a framework was introduced for a pilot program in the state in House File 2284. This legislation advanced out of subcommittee but failed to be considered by the full House Appropriations Committee in the final weeks of the session. However, it continued to show that there is real interest in ESAs as a tool to expand educational choice and the debate is primed for next legislative session. Given that 2016 was another tight budget year as well as an election year, when legislators are leery of spending increases, we were unable to get an increase in the statewide tax credit cap for the School Tuition Organizations.
Despite the lack of concrete progress during this legislative session, we have an upcoming opportunity that’s critical to success next year. As the 2016 election approaches, candidates and elected officials will be holding public events, town halls, and forums – they need to hear firsthand from supporters who know the importance of choice in education. Whether it’s an ESA program, an STO increase, or other measures, your voice can truly make the difference.
If you support school choice, continue to stay involved until the next legislative session and help build support for educational choice throughout this summer and fall. Please keep an eye out for email updates and action alerts from us and make sure you like our Facebook page.