State House Passes School Choice Voucher Bill

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.

[See LaRock’s full speech given on the House floor here.]

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.

12 thoughts on “State House Passes School Choice Voucher Bill

  • 2017-02-07 at 3:13 pm

    Great effort gentlemen. Thank you for attempting to provide taxpaying parents with choices when it comes to their kids education. Competition creates innovation and progress.

    Too bad it won’t get past Gov. 47% — a wholly owned, bought and paid for, crony of the Industrial Education Complex. And he couldn’t even bring himself to give special needs kids a choice? What a champ.

  • 2017-02-07 at 7:31 pm

    Here they go again trying to break up our public education system. Taking money out of the public coffers to pay for private schools is a very, very bad idea. Why should tax payers support private schools? The whole idea of public schools is to have an educated public regardless of race, creed, religious belief. or family income. If some religious or other private organization wants to educate their children the way they see fit then make them pay for it and don’t expect me or any other taxpayer not in their group to pay for it. Also how do you expect to pay for the education of special needs students who by federal law must be accommodated? Taking money from the public schools is a bad, bad idea and I urge our governor to veto La Rock’s latest “rock”,….very bad….

    • 2017-02-07 at 8:03 pm

      Fasolo, does it also irk you that taxpayer funds pay for religious medical facilities? (Medicare, Medicaid, etc)

      Does it irk you that taxpayer funds can be spent at private grocery stores? (food stamps, WIC)

      Does it irk you that taxpayer funds can be spent at religious colleges (Notre Dame, Baylor) via govt grants?

      Please tell me you have a better argument than the US should become completely socialist.

      • 2017-02-09 at 2:41 pm

        It irks me that taxpayer funds go to religious medical facilities and religious colleges.

        • 2017-02-09 at 4:41 pm

          And you are why we have a first amendment. It doesn’t prevent religious organizations from having the same rights as others despite what liberals might believe.

    • 2017-02-09 at 7:36 am

      you can choose all you want, Chris. Buy why should the taxpayers fund your decision to send your kids to a private school?

  • 2017-02-08 at 12:19 pm

    “Why should tax payers support private schools? ”

    Why should people with kids not in public school pay taxes for public schools?

    • 2017-02-09 at 7:36 am

      because, David, we have enough stupid people in our world.

  • 2017-02-09 at 1:26 pm

    Another piece of self-serving legislation, why doesn’t our delegate work to improve our public schools that we have so heavily invested in, for the benefit of all residents?

  • 2017-02-13 at 5:40 pm

    We already have school choice- those who wish to send their children to private schools may do so if they can swing it.

    Until we start giving out tax credits to people without children why would we want to give tax credits to those who choose not to take advantage of public schools?


    Thank God for Governor McAuliffe’s veto pen. Shame on you LaRock- try working on legislation that actually has a shot of being signed. Stop wasting our time

  • 2018-02-04 at 10:34 am

    I do not understand why most people are not pro voucher. Don’t people want choice and to be empowered to offer only the very best education for their children. Anyone with their children in public schools has been exposed to idiotic behavior of school officials and leadership. Your choice gives you influence and power. Now, administration just does not care. I understand if you are one of the schools’ employees or part of the system and you want this entitlement to continue for yourself, but for those of you concerned about your children and their education why would you demand choice. Full complete financial choice equivalent to what the County receives per student, not a token $4000 but the full $16k+ that the county receives per student.

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