Rep. Vicki Kraft introduces school-choice scholarship legislation

A Vancouver lawmaker wants to let parents decide where their children attend school. John Sattgast reports.

Republican State Representative Vicki Kraft says parents should have the ability to choose the learning environment that best meets their children’s needs. She has introduced legislation that would establish the K-through-12 Education Scholarship Program in Washington state.

Under the program, parents could be awarded up to seven-thousand-dollars per student each school year to be used for costs related to private school or homeschool instruction. Kraft added:

“There are different learning needs of different children. This bill will allow parents to be able to provide the best learning environment for their child.”

Kraft notes that more than 32-thousand Washington families have pulled their children out of the public-school system within the past year, because traditional zip-code assigned schools are not working for them. House Bill 1215 has been referred to the House Education Committee for consideration.