TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Alabama House Education Policy Committee passed HB 84, a bill to establish an Education Savings Account program where eligible students with special needs can use the designated account funds to attend the private school or other educational option of their choice. HB 84 is sponsored by Representative Ken Johnson.
“Alabama is adding more educational choice for students and families. The proposed bill, HB 84, would establish an Education Savings Account program to empower parents of students with special needs with the opportunity to choose the best education for their children,” said ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director J. Alex Kelly.
“This is a bold step forward for the Alabama education system. We applaud Representative Ken Johnson and the House Education Policy Committee for supporting the Education Savings Account Program and a pathway to a customized education for Alabama’s students.”
The bill will next be considered on the House Floor.
Learn more about the HB 84:
- Creates an Education Savings Account program in the state of Alabama.
- Allows parents of special needs students to use the funds in the account for an education program of the parents’ choosing.
- Would be limited to 1,000 new participating students each academic year.
Background on Education Savings Accounts:
- Education Savings Accounts (also commonly referred to as Education Scholarship Accounts or ESAs) are an innovative way to bring customization to the education system.
- ESAs allow parents to direct their child’s funding to the schools, courses, programs and services of their choice – including tuition and fees, curriculum materials, tutoring, online learning, dual enrollment, and licensed services such as therapy for students with disabilities.
- Parents are able to save unused funds for higher education expenses in most states – creating an incentive for parents to judge all education service expenses not only on quality but also on cost.