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Vos amendment gets Assembly OK, bill goes back to Senate

The Assembly has added Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ new voucher funding formula to a Senate bill dealing with special needs scholarships.

Dems lost a challenge to the relevance of the amendment to the bill.

The bill was concurred 56-37 and now goes back to the Senate.

Vos’ amendment would adjust the overall funding formula public schools use for voucher students. Under the Rochester Republican's new proposal, public schools could count the full voucher scholarship amount immediately but not the additional money it costs to educate a student in that district.

The original amendment would have required public schools count voucher students on a three-year rolling average, meaning they would be counted one-third the first year, two-thirds the second and fully the third before phasing back toward zero in following years.

Current law lets districts count those students for the full amount, beyond the voucher scholarship, immediately toward revenue limit authority.

The bill, SB 615, would make several changes to the Special Needs Scholarship Program created in the most recent budget. That program lets public school children with disabilities receive financial assistance from the state to participate in school choice.

The legislation would, among other things, let children with disabilities apply for the scholarship to attend a private school at any point during the school year.






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