Two bills trekked across the Capitol building hall towards the Senate this week.
Sen. Kevin Killer said the addition would make one new school eligible for the program and added he’s “always been a proponent of school choice.”
“We’re looking at alternatives to what is traditional public education,” Sen. Killer said.
ASBSD opposes the bill with Executive Director Wade Pogany testifying he had no “concerns” over the addition of the one school, but rather the possibility of regular growth in the program, which uses public dollars to fund private education.
“It will open the door even more,” Pogany said. “We’ve seen this phenomenon.”
“If you open this door…you will create a situation where more people will come and ask for those public dollars. That (total) amount will grow. That’s my fear.”
Rep. Spencer Gosch said the financial ramifications of the bill “are none” and noted it doesn’t affect “a whole lot of school districts.”
HB 1215 would specifically carve out an exemption for a district falling below the 100 student threshold for a school that is the only district in its county and has an attendance center at least twenty 15 miles away from any other attendance center.
ASBSD is monitoring the bill.
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