Support HB 2119. Help us bring equity of opportunity through education to Kansas families in need.
The Kansas State Legislature is currently considering an expansion of the state’s Tax Credits for Low-Income Students Scholarship program to improve fairness. This program is designed to give Kansas families in need access to high-quality K-12 education of their parents' choice, and has allowed the Catholic Education Foundation to fund scholarships for more than 300 students in our Archdiocese this school year. However, the current legislation denies many low-income students access to the program because of their street address or where their family falls on the low-income spectrum.
This proposed change will:
- Remove the geographical and grade level requirements of this program set by the 100 schools list, which currently prevent low-income students who live on the wrong side of a public school boundary line from accessing these scholarships.
- Raise the financial need threshold to include students who qualify for either free or reduced lunch (equates to an annual income of approximately $49,000 for a family of four).
- Accomplish all this without raising the dollar limit of tax credits granted by the state.
These changes will provide hundreds of students with access to these scholarships - students who are currently ineligible due to the program’s tight restrictions. An identical bill has already passed the Kansas Senate.
We urge you to contact your state representatives right away. The proposed tax credit scholarship program expansion (formerly known as HB 2068) has been consolidated into HB 2119, which contains other education-related provisions and fully funds the governor's recommendation. Lawmakers are in the process of discussing this legislation right now and are preparing to vote, and need to hear how impactful this expansion will be on the lives of students from those who’ve seen that impact firsthand.