The Virginia House and Senate have approved legislation (HB 389) that creates an Education Savings Account (ESA) for children with special needs. The bill, introduced by Rep. David LaRock, allows parents of special needs students to use ESA funds to pay for expenses such as tuition, fees, required textbooks, educational therapies or services, tutoring services, online curricula or fees for nationally-normed standardized tests.
The bill now faces a signficant hurdle in Governor Terry McAuliffe. The Virginia Governor has given no indication of his views on the bill. However, McAuliffe, who has not proven to be a friend of school choice. Stay tuned. If McAuliffe signs the legislation, Virginia will be the sixth state to approve Education Savings Accounts.
Find out more about Education Savings Accounts can help families and students at: www.ESA4NCKids.org