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Tax Credit Scholarships

January 18, 2021
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WRITTEN BY Brittany Whitley

House Bill 349 (and Senate Bills 23, 25, 55, 251) would establish a Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program; House Bill 540 (and Senate Bill 30) would establish the Show Me a Brighter Future Scholarship Fund. Both are examples of tax-credit funded scholarship programs for qualified students who choose not to enroll in their district public school.

Recipients can apply funds toward educational programs (e.g., private schools, homeschool) and services (e.g., tutoring, textbooks). Several states currently operate statewide tax-credit scholarship or related educational savings account programs to increase nonpublic school choice.

While limited, government and scholarly evaluation of existing private school choice policies highlight some of the ways that these programs can influence parental satisfaction, student performance, public school funding and the accessibility of quality choice options.

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