yes. every k⁠i⁠d. celebra⁠t⁠es Gov. Parson’s endorsemen⁠t⁠ of expand⁠i⁠ng ⁠t⁠he Empowermen⁠t⁠ Scholarsh⁠i⁠p Program

May 7, 2024

May 7, 2024

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO.) – Today, Gov. Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 727, giving final approval to the expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Program in Missouri.

A recent poll conducted by yes. every kid. foundation. found that a majority of Americans (63%), including Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, support expanding access to education savings accounts. That same poll found that Americans believe increased options would improve education overall.

“Every kid, regardless of home address or family income deserves the opportunity to pursue an education that meets their needs,” said Shannon Pahls, public affairs director, yes. every kid. “Senate Bill 727 will empower more families with education freedom and put them in control of their kids’ educational journey. We applaud Gov. Parson and the Missouri Legislature for their dedication to ensuring kids have access to the best possible education and that their options are not limited by their ZIP code.”

Background on SB 727:

  • Increases the amount of available tax credits for the Empowerment Scholarship Program from $50 million to $75 million.
  • Expands eligibility to any student that is a resident of Missouri and increases income eligibility from 200% to 300% of the income standard used to qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

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