Education Improvement Scholarships; expands tax credits, pre-kindergarten eligibility. (HB1165)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Education Improvement Scholarships tax credits; pre-kindergarten eligibility. Expands the Education Improvement Scholarships tax credits program by including, as eligible scholarship recipients, children enrolled in, eligible to attend, or attending nonpublic pre-kindergarten programs. The maximum annual scholarship that a child will receive is the lesser of the child's actual educational expenses or the state's share of the grant per child under the Virginia Preschool Initiative for the locality in which the child resides. Under current law, tax credits are awarded to individuals and businesses making donations to nonprofit scholarship foundations that use the donated funds to award scholarships to certain students in grades K-12 attending nonpublic schools. Eligible scholarship recipients are students in grades K-12 with a finalized individualized education program (IEP) in place or whose annual household income is not in excess of 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The bill defines an eligible pre-kindergarten child and a nonpublic pre-kindergarten program and includes several other curriculum and administrative requirements that must be met by a nonpublic pre-kindergarten program in order for children attending the program to be eligible to receive scholarships under the tax credit program. Under the bill, the Virginia Council for Private Education, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, or the Virginia Department of Social Services will certify nonpublic pre-kindergarten programs meeting such curriculum and administrative requirements. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104266D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Finance
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1165)
02/01/2018Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
02/02/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
02/07/2018Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (11-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)