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Virginia bill would give parents education funding if local school refuses to reopen in person

Education funding is for children, ‘not for protecting a government monopoly’

Maybe this will bring teachers unions back to the negotiating table even as they claim COVID-19 will kill teachers if schools reopen.

A Virginia delegate introduced a bill that would give education funding back to parents if their school district doesn’t allow in-person instruction “as the sole method of instruction.”

Parents who withdraw their children from the district “shall receive, upon request, an education voucher in an amount equal to a prorated share of the applicable Standards of Quality per-pupil state funds appropriated for public school purposes and apportioned to the school division,” reads House Bill 1742, introduced by Del. Michael Webert.

That funding includes “the per-pupil share of state sales tax funding in basic aid and any state per-pupil share of special education funding for which the child is eligible, to cover the expenses of providing in-person instruction in an alternative setting.” It would take effect immediately.

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It was “prefiled” Nov. 23 but the offer date is Jan. 13, 2021, meaning the bill will be under consideration in the next legislative session, WFXR reports.

“If a local grocery store doesn’t reopen families can take their money elsewhere,” Corey DeAngelis, director of school choice for the Reason Foundation, tweeted about the bill:

Families should be able to take their children’s education dollars elsewhere regardless of the school’s reopening decision.

Education funding is supposed to be meant for educating children – not for protecting a government monopoly.

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