HB 1313 (2012, failed*) allowing school districts to offer higher education scholarships to high school pupils

posted Feb 10, 2012, 5:33 PM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Apr 2, 2012, 5:36 AM ]
Docket ( ITL, 259-90)

AN ACT allowing school districts to offer higher education scholarships to high school pupils.

SPONSORS: Rep. Daniels, Hills 6

COMMITTEE: Education

ANALYSIS
This bill enables a school district to adopt and offer higher education scholarships to a high school pupil who graduates high school early and scores in the proficient range or above in all subjects tested in the statewide assessment.

DNHPE Comment:  It's hard to tell what the point of this bill is unless it is meant to enable students to go to for-profit colleges.  The sponsor has been an member of ALEC since 1990.

Compare this language from the bill:

"Upon adoption of this chapter by the school district in which the pupil resides, a pupil attending a public high school, public academy, or chartered public school at the high school level who graduates prior to his or her scheduled graduation date and who has achieved a score in the proficient range or above in all subjects tested in the statewide assessment shall be eligible to receive a scholarship furnished by the school district in which the pupil resides equal to one-half of the total per pupil expenditure for a high school pupil in the school district in which the pupil resides, as calculated by the department of education, and shall be used to defray tuition costs at any public or private institution of higher education in this state or another state, territory, or possession of the United States."

To this language from the ALEC model legislation  (ALEC is discussed here) :

"Upon adoption of this subdivision in a school district, a pupil who graduates from
high school prior to his or her scheduled graduation date, and who achieves a score
in the “proficient” range or above in all subjects tested in the statewide
assessments, shall receive from the school district in which he or she resides, a
scholarship equal to 1/2 of the total per pupil expenditure for high school pupils in
such school district for the purpose of defraying tuition costs at any public or
private institution of higher education within or outside of [state]."