The Parents Campaign sent an email praising the demise of the House and Senate school voucher bills, noting that Rep. Frierson and Sen. Tollison allowed them to die in committee.

Nancy Loome’s group now lists these bills as “harmful bills” to watch:

HB 29 – Transfers authority from the State Board of Education to the legislative PEER committee; all education reports go to PEER.
HB 47 – Individual students’ test scores submitted to State Auditor to determine sufficient academic progress; more government bureaucracy as MDE accountability ratings process is duplicated in Auditor’s office.
HB 958 – Prohibits public K-12, university, and college administrators and board members from using their official capacity to lobby the Legislature for policy change – something that is a right and an obligation in their roles as administrators and trustees. Any attempt by legislators to silence the people they were elected to represent is unconscionable.
HB 1044 – Allows any student statewide to cross district lines to attend charter schools; local and state funding follows the student. The Parents’ Campaign opposes allowing students who are not in under-performing districts to cross district lines to attend a charter school.
HB 1080 – Vouchers for private school tuition funded with tax dollars owed to the state (tax credit scholarships).
SB 2161 – Charter schools may locate in C districts without local approval; statewide open enrollment in charters; local and state funding follows the student.
SB 2695 – Vouchers for private school tuition funded with tax dollars owed to the state (tax credit scholarships).

2/24/16