School choice remains a hot topic in the Missouri Legislature, with the new session starting in early January. Republican state Rep. Phil Christofanelli of St. Peters recently wrote an opinion piece for “The Missouri Times” about promising MOScholars program for parents.
“Nearing the two-year mark of a pandemic, the shortcomings of a one-size-fits-all approach to education in Missouri seem even more obvious,” he wrote. “Thankfully, more school choice is soon on the way, with state Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick’s launch of Missouri’s new K-12 scholarship program, MOScholars.
“Established by the General Assembly and signed into law this year by Gov. Mike Parson, MOScholars, the Missouri Empowerment Scholarships Account program, provides increased educational options to thousands of Missouri students and families, in particular those with special needs or of limited means.”
Qualifying students would be eligible for up to $6,375 in scholarships annually for approved educational services ranging from tutoring, textbooks and computer technology to private school tuition, homeschooling expenses and tuition to attend public charter or district schools outside a student’s assigned district. This tax-credit funded program will be completely financed through donations from individuals and businesses.
Students in St. Louis and St. Charles counties are eligible for the scholarships, as well as those living in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Joseph, the city of St. Louis and the counties of Jackson, Jefferson, and Clay
“After years of unsuccessful efforts, the ESA bill’s passage was one of our legislature’s signature accomplishments in 2021,” Christofanelli said. “ As my colleagues and I prepare to return to Jefferson City, let’s not forget education policy’s Golden Rule: When it comes to teaching our kids, parents are the only special interest who matters.”
Additional information about the program, including expanded eligibility details, can be found at www.showmeschooloptions.org.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice