Public school dollars do not belong in private schools.
Similar legislation passed in 2021 (House Bill 563) is currently blocked in state court. It would reduce funding by $25M annually, harm Kentucky students, and reduce transparency around how your tax dollars are spent. It would also pave the way for school vouchers statewide. We oppose any legislation similar to HB563 or that would build on HB563 and expand school vouchers statewide.
School vouchers directly harm students by reducing funding for education. They also reduce transparency around how your tax dollars are spent. Private schools are not subject to the same open records laws that keep public institutions accountable to taxpayers. This also means your tax dollars could be used to support private institutions that are not required to ensure all students have equal access regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.
HB563 is bad enough for public education all on its own, but it could be used to pass even worse legislation this year. Tax credits like those passed in 2021 could be used as the first step in implementing a school voucher system statewide. School vouchers allow people to take money from directly public schools to send their children to private schools.
Research shows bills like this would actually benefit students from higher-income families and leave students from low-income families behind. Even worse, school vouchers like those implemented in Indiana have proven to grow racial and economic disparities.
Kentucky’s public schools need more support, not less. Our shared public dollars should support Kentucky’s public school students, not private institutions.
Bill Movement in 2022: N/A
House Bill 563 Bill Movement (2021):
- Introduced: 2/23/21
- Passed House Committee: 3/11/21
- Passed House: 3/11/21 (Vote: 51-45)
- Accepted by Senate: 3/12/21
- Passed Senate Committee: 3/16/21
- Passed Senate with amendments: 3/16/18 (Vote: 21-15)
- Passed House with Senate amendments: 3/16/21 (Vote: 48-47)
- Sent to Governor: 3/16/21
- Vetoed by Governor: 3/24/21
- Action by General Assembly (Lawmakers can override a veto with a constitutional majority of 51 votes in the House and 20 votes in the Senate).
- Veto overridden in House: 3/29/21 (Vote: 51-42)
- Veto overridden in Senate: 3/29/21 (Vote: 23-14)