Historic School Choice Legislation Signed Into Law

April 22, 2014

Governor Brownback has signed a bill into law that includes a school choice program which will be the first of its kind in Kansas.

The “Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program” will empower low-income families to choose a private education that they might not otherwise have been able to afford.

Under the program, corporations will be able to donate private funds to nonprofit scholarship-granting organizations.  Those scholarship-granting organizations will provide scholarships to children from low-income families, which can be used towards private school tuition.  The donor corporation will receive a tax credit for its contribution.  No taxpayer dollars go to the private school, the scholarships are financed by private funds.