A bill that would provide public school students with a voucher to be spent on private school tuition narrowly passed in the Virginia House of Delegates today.
The legislation, HB 1605 sponsored by Del. David LaRock (R-10), who represents western Loudoun, would allow parents of public preschool through high school students to apply for a “one-year, renewable Parental Choice Education Savings Account” in a similar amount to what the state would spend on the child in a public school setting.
For Loudoun families, that’s about $4,000 a year.
LaRock called the proposal a “win-win,” saying that it would improve educational access and opportunities for students and give parents more flexibility over their children’s education.
Loudoun County representatives Del. Thomas A. “Tag” Greason (R-32) and Sen. Richard H. Black (R-13) also sponsored the bill.
A similar bill sponsored by LaRock and aimed at providing the vouchers just for students with disabilities was approved by the full General Assembly last year, but Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed the measure.