Bill to fund private school accounts for Louisiana parents advances out of committee

Published: April 26, 2023

By: Jenna Bridges, LSU Manship School News Service

Rep. Lance Harris proposed a bill that would make state money available to parents sending children to private schools. (Jenna Bridges/LSU Manship School News Service)

BATON ROUGE–The House Education Committee voted 7-4 Tuesday to advance a bill to place state money into accounts that parents could use to send children to private schools.

The committee also moved forward bills to confirm that teaching the Bible is legal and to make data about how public schools are spending their funds more easily available to the public.

The bill to create the education accounts was authored by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria. If it becomes law, the bill, House Bill 98, would enhance a long-time conservative goal of giving parents’ greater options if they want to send children to private school or home-school them.

Critics contend that the bill could take away money that public schools need.

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