Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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DIGEST

Special education scholarship accounts. Establishes the special education scholarship account fund (fund) to provide education options for eligible special education students in Indiana. Defines "eligible special education student" as a student who has had an active individualized education program (IEP) within the past 18 months. Provides that the treasurer of state administers the fund. Provides that, if a parent enters into an agreement with the department of education (department), the department in exchange for the agreement shall transfer: (1) 100% of the eligible special education student's state tuition support; and (2) any amount the school corporation would receive for the Special education scholarship accounts. Establishes the special education scholarship account fund (fund) to provide education options for eligible special education students in Indiana. Defines "eligible special education student" as a student who has had an active individualized education program (IEP) within the past 18 months. Provides that the treasurer of state administers the fund. Provides that, if a parent enters into an agreement with the department of education (department), the department in exchange for the agreement shall transfer: (1) 100% of the eligible special education student's state tuition support; and (2) any amount the school corporation would receive for the student's special education services; to a special education scholarship account within the fund. Provides that the treasurer of state may approve disbursements from a special education scholarship account for payment of the following expenses for the eligible special education student: (1) Tuition and fees at a qualified school. (2) Textbooks required by a qualified school. (3) Services of a qualified education services provider. Defines "qualified school" as a nonpublic school that is an eligible school for purposes of the choice scholarship. Defines "qualified education services provider" as a tutor, another person, or an organization that is certified by the department to receive payment from a special education scholarship account for services provided to an eligible special education student. Specifies that a parent who signs an agreement to establish a special education scholarship account may not accept a choice scholarship. ... View more