Utah House Creates Educational Scholarships for Students with Special Needs

Utah House Creates Educational Scholarships for Students with Special Needs

Utah representatives passed a bill yesterday to give hundreds of students with special needs the opportunity to find the right mix of education services that work for them. HB 332 would establish a $6 million tax-credit scholarship program for families to pay for private school tuition, educational therapies, tutoring, online learning, textbooks and other education-related services and products.

Private individuals or businesses who fund the scholarships would be eligible to receive a tax credit for the amount contributed. HB 332 also adds a provision to automatically increase the number of credits available to the program based on family and donor demand.

“Education is not one-size-fits-all. Regardless of income or where they live, families deserve the power to find the best educational fit for their children’s unique needs. When students thrive, the entire state benefits.

“ExcelinEd in Action would like to thank the many leaders who have worked diligently to help Utah’s families, including the bill sponsor Representative Mike Schultz and our partners, including Sutherland Institute, Libertas Institute and SKAAGS Catholic Center.”

Brad Galbraith, Regional Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

For more information on the transformative power of education opportunity, visit ExcelinEd’s policy library and hear the stories of Utah families like the Cizik family and the Flamm family who are currently seeking scholarships to help customize their children’s education.