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HB 0296 - Scholarship program; special needs students; expand eligibility

Tracking Level: Hot
Sponsor: Nix, Randy 69th (R)
Last Action: 3/11/2015 - Senate Read and Referred
House Committee: Ed
Senate Committee: ED&Y
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

SUMMARY:  LC 33 5915    LC 33 5997S

This bill amends the current requirements for eligibility for the special needs voucher.  

  • Requirement for parent to be a Georgia resident for at least one year would not apply if the student is a lawful refugee as defined by Title I of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act
  • A new category of eligible students would be added -- students who are limited English proficient as defined in 20 U.S.C Section 7801 and is a lawful refugee as defined by Title I of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act
  • Parent must provide to the Department of Education the student's valid I-94 documentation designating refugee status and proof the student lives in the school district 

EFFECTIVE DATE:  July 1, 2015

 


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