changing his education savings account bill, which had been limited to students with disabilities.
Under the new version, all Missouri families would be able to create savings accounts to cover the entire cost of sending their children to private schools, charter schools, virtual online schools, or for tutoring.
From all appearances, though the new version of the bill has not been placed on the Senate website yet, the new bill may even make home schoolers eligible.
From KOLR's report:
During a Wednesday Senate committee hearing, a number of free market and politically conservative groups lined up to support the proposal, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Century Foundation.
Also testifying in favor of the EDU measure were school choice advocacy groups such as Ed Choice, Families for Home Education and the Missouri Education Reform Council. One private citizen, Lisa Smith, said her children were forced to attend failing public schools for nine years.
Scott Kimble of the state School Administrators Association is against the measure, and points to a study of a voucher program Governor Greitens praised.
“That survey which was conducted by a pro-voucher group, found that Arizona’s voucher program, the program that the governor specifically referenced in his state of the state address, disproportionally served white students and those from more affluent families,” said Kimble. “The entire Arizona population is 41 % white, yet 76 percent of those participating in the voucher program are white. The median household income in Arizona is $50,000, yet over 60% using the voucher program are in higher income brackets.