Kansas school choice tax credit program could be expanded with bill

A student holds up a sign urging legislators to expand school choice options Wednesday during a rally as part of National School Choice Week at the Kansas Statehouse.

A Kansas House committee hearing on program that gives tax credits to individuals and companies donating money for private school scholarships quickly devolved into a two-hour long debate on the merits of and successes of Kansas public schools vs. their private counterparts.

The House Committee on K-12 Education Budget on Wednesday held a hearing on HB 2048, a bill that would raise contribution limits under the scholarship program, match tax credits dollar-for-dollar with donation amounts and potentially double the $10 million cap that currently exists for the program.

Supporters of the program have argued that the bill gives families — especially low-income families at schools with poor performance on state assessments — options to choose better performing schools for their children, especially when comparing the program’s $10 million cap against the nearly $6 billion in state expenditures for K-12 education.

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