GREAT NEWS! STUDENTS FIRST ACT PASSED BOTH CHAMBERS AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR REYNOLDS ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 24TH!
Summary of the Bill – HF 68
• Parents who choose to enroll their children in an accredited private school will receive $7,598, the amount of per pupil funds allocated
annually by the state, to use for tuition, fees, and other qualified expenses.
• Other student funding generated by categorical funding formulas will remain with public school districts. It’s estimated that Iowa’s public
schools will retain approximately $1,205 per pupil in categorical funding for each student who resides in their district, yet chooses to attend a
private school, generating an automatic boost to their budget.
• ESAs will be available based on the following eligibility:
- 2023-24 School year – All Kindergarten Students, All Public School Students, Nonpublic School Students with family income at or below 300% Federal Poverty Level
- 2024-25 School year – All Kindergarten Students, All Public School Students, Nonpublic School Students with family income at or below 400% Federal Poverty Level
- 2025-26 School year – All K-12 Iowa students, regardless of income
For additional info on ESA implementation, and to sign up to receive updates directly to your Inbox, visit the Department of Education webpage on ESAs.
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