House Education Approves Private School Scholarship Bill

With Chairwoman Julie VanOrden controlling the swing vote, the House Education Committee voted to advance a private school scholarship bill Wednesday.

Pushed by Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, House Bill 590<> would create a new scholarship that certain students could use for tuition at a private schools, private online schools, tutoring facilities, or to pay for standardized tests and more.

To be eligible, the students would need to be at-risk, special needs, come from poverty or belong to a military family.

Vander Woude and other supporters said the bill promotes school choice and empowers parents of disadvantaged children by opening up new options.
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