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School Choice Process Reform Passes

The Senate joined the House in unanimously passing House Bill 270 prior to the April recess. House Bill 270 is a bill sponsored by Representative Kimberly Williams that aims to streamline the school choice process, making it easier and clearer for parents, guardians, and school administrators to navigate.

This Bill gives priority to siblings of students who live in the reorganized school district where the school is located and to siblings of students who do not live in the reorganized school district where the school is located. The Act also updates what constitutes “good cause” to include change of residence or child’s participation in an inpatient or day treatment program.

Currently, reorganized school districts, vocational technical school districts, and charter schools do not follow the same processes thus causing confusion and barriers for families seeking to access choice for their children.

This bill requires reorganized school districts, vocational-technical school districts, and charter schools to use a standard online application receipt and processing tool approved by the Department that is offered at no charge.

The bill will make the timing uniform for the ranked waitlist process. It also gives priority to siblings of students already going to a particular school, whether or not they live in the reorganized school district where the school is located or not.

The bill has been released from the Education Committee in the Senate, though it is not on the agenda for today. So it will likely get a vote next week.

House Bill 270 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
K.WilliamsHouse Passed 41-0. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton  Briggs King Collins D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick
LockmanSenate Passed 20-0-1. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson WilsonSturgeon (absent)
Current Status: Sent to the Governor.

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