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2017 Voucher Legislation 


Choice Act (S. 235 / H.R. 691)

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced the “Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education Act” (CHOICE Act) in the Senate and House. This bill would allow funds from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to be used for private school vouchers, give vouchers to students from military families, and expand the DC voucher program to include students already attending private schools. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in the Senate. In the House, it has been referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Armed Services Committee.

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Educational opportunities Act (S. 148 / H.R. 895)

Introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the Senate and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) in the House, this bill would create a tuition tax credit program. It would allow for a dollar-for-dollar credit on donations made by individuals (up to $4,500) and corporations (up to $100,000). This bill has been referred to the Committee on Finance in the Senate and to the Committee on Education and the Workforce and Committee on Ways and Means in the House.

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Enhancing educational opportunities for all students act (H.R. 716)

Introduced by Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), this bill would establish Title I portability, allowing federal funds for low-income students to "follow the child" to another school and would also allow contributions to 529 accounts to be used toward pre-K, elementary, and secondary school expenses including tuition at private schools and home school expenses. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Choices in Education Act (H.R. 610)

Introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), this bill would repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and allot block grants to states to use to fund vouchers for students to attend private schools and be homeschooled. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.


NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT (S. 1294)

Introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK), the Native American Education Opportunity Act would expend Bureau of Indian Affairs funds to education savings accounts. 


Prior Voucher Fights


Every Student Succeeds Act

Adopted in 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the national education law that governs federally funded programs for K-12 education. NCPE succeeded in defeating several attempts in both the House and the Senate to add vouchers and Title I portability measures to the bill.


Native American Education Opportunity Act

Introduced in 2016 by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the Native American Education Opportunity Act (S. 2711) would have expended Bureau of Indian Affairs funds to education savings accounts.  The bill did not pass.

Letter to the Senate


Education Freedoms Account Act

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the Education Freedoms Account Act (S. 2455/H.R. 4426) in 2016. The bill, which did not move, would have forced the District of Columbia to direct its local funds away from its public schools to pay for students to attend private schools. 

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educational opportunities ACT  

In 2015, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced the Educational Opportunities Act (S. 809/H.R. 1511), a bill that would create a tuition tax credit program, allowing a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for individuals and corporations who donate to organizations that provide vouchers to low-income students to attend private schools. The bill did not pass. It was also introduced in the previous Congress.

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Scholarship for Kids Act  

In January of 2014, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Luke Messer (R-IN) introduced the Scholarship for Kids Act (S. 1968/H.R. 4000), a bill that would turn a whopping 63 percent of federal education funding into private school vouchers.  The bill did not pass.

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Choice Act

In 2014, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced the CHOICE Act (S. 1909/H.R. 4773), a bill that would have allowed funds from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to be used for private school vouchers, give vouchers for students from military families, and expand the DC voucher program. The bill did not pass.

Fact Sheet