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Education Options in the States: State Programs That Provide Financial Assistance for Attendance at Private Elementary or Secondary Schools
Revised February 2009
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Appendix A: Statutes of State Programs Providing Financial Assistance for Attendance at Private Elementary and Secondary Schools

Following are citations of authorizing statute(s), with expanded statute descriptions and hyperlinks to statutory documents, for each of the respective state programs providing financial assistance for attendance at private elementary and secondary schools:

1. Arizona:

2. Florida:

3. Georgia::

4. Illinois:

5. Iowa:

6. Louisiana:

  • Scholarships for students from low-income families in New Orleans:
    Louisiana Revised Statutes §§R.S. 17:4011-17:4025
    Louisiana Revised Statutes
    Title 17. Education
    Chapter 43. Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence Program
    Sections 4011-4025. Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Act

    http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=631046

  • Tax deduction to individuals for tuition and qualified educational expenses:
    Louisiana Revised Statutes §§R.S. 47:297.10-47:297.12
    Louisiana Revised Statutes
    Title 47. Revenue and Taxation
    Chapter 297. Reduction to Tax Due
    Sections 297.10-297.12. Tax deduction; elementary and secondary school tuition
    http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=473661

7. Maine:

  • Scholarship-like tuition assistance for students in small towns and rural areas:
    20-A M.R.S. §§2951-2955
    Maine Revised Statutes
    Title 20-A. Education
    Part 2. School Organization
    Chapter 117. Private Schools
    Subchapter II. Approval for the Receipt of Public Funds by the Private Secondary Schools
    Sections 2951-2955. Approval for tuition purposes; report to commissioner; audit; rules of commissioner; penalty for noncompliance
    http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/20-a/title20-Ach117sec0.html

    20-A M.R.S. §5204
    Maine Revised Statutes
    Title 20-A. Education
    Part 3. Elementary and Secondary Education
    Chapter 213. Student Eligibility
    Section 5204. Secondary students right to attend school in another administrative unit
    http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/20-a/title20-Ach213sec0.html

    20-A M.R.S. §5801, 20-A M.R.S. §5804, 20-A M.R.S. §5806
    Maine Revised Statutes
    Title 20-A. Education
    Part 3. Elementary and Secondary Education
    Chapter 219. Tuition
    Sections 5801, 5806. Acceptance of tuition students
    http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/20-a/title20-Ach219sec0.html

8. Minnesota:

  • Tax credits and tax deductions for parents for education expenses:
    Tax credits:
    Minn. Stat. §290.0674
    Minnesota Statutes
    Various State Taxes, Administration
    Chapter 290. Income and Franchise Taxes
    Section 0674. Minnesota Education Credit
    http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/290/0674.html

    Tax deductions:
    Minn. Stat. §290.01
    Minnesota Statutes
    Various State Taxes, Administration
    Chapter 290. Income and Franchise Taxes
    Section 01. Definitions
    Subdivision 19b. Subtractions from Federal taxable income
    http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/290/01.html

9. Ohio:

  • Scholarships for students in Cleveland:
    ORC Ann. 3313.97.4-3313.99
    Ohio Revised Code Annotated
    Title 33. Education-Libraries
    Chapter 3313. Boards of Education
    Sections 974-999. Pilot Project Scholarship Program
    http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3313

    Scholarships for students with autism:
    ORC Ann. 3310.41
    Ohio Revised Code Annotated
    Title 33. Education-Libraries
    Chapter 3310. Education Choice Scholarship Program Pilot
    Section 41. Autism Scholarship Program
    http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3310

    Scholarships for students in underperforming schools:
    ORC Ann. 3310.01-3310.17
    Ohio Revised Code Annotated
    Title 33. Education-Libraries
    Chapter 3310. Educational Choice Scholarship Program Pilot
    http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3310

10. Pennsylvania:

  • Tax credits for corporations for contributions to scholarship organizations:
    24 P.S. §§20-2001-B-20-2008-B
    Pennsylvania Statutes
    Title 24. Education
    Chapter 1. Public School Code of 1949
    Article XX-B. Educational Improvement Tax Credit
    Sections 2001-B-2008-B
    Note: Current Pennsylvania Statutes are available online only through subscription services.

11. Rhode Island

12. Utah

  • Scholarships for students with disabilities:
    Utah Code Ann. §§53A-1a-701-710
    Utah Code Annotated
    Title 53A. State System of Public Education
    Chapter 1a. Utah Strategic Planning for Educational Excellence
    Part 7. Carson Smith Scholarships for Students with Special Needs Act
    Sections 701-710
    http://www.le.state.ut.us/~code/TITLE53A/53A02.htm

    Scholarships for all students:
    This law is not included in the Utah Code because the public voted down the law in a November 2007 referendum.

13. Vermont:

14. Wisconsin:

15. District of Columbia:

  • Scholarships for students from low-income families:
    D.C. Code §§38-1851.01-1851.11
    District of Columbia Code Annotated
    Title 38. Educational Institutions
    Subtitle IV-A. Public Education-School Choice
    Chapter 18-M. Grants for Tuition to Attend Primary and Secondary Schools in the District
    http://www.ed.gov/programs/dcchoice/legislation.html


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