WV legislature passes one of the nation’s most sweeping student-centric education programs
New Hope Scholarship Program awaits governor’s signature, will enable education funds to customize and personalize a student’s experience
Arlington, VA – yes. every kid., a national organization dedicated to creating an environment where every student receives an individualized education, today applauded the West Virginia legislature for passing the Hope Scholarship Program, a new education funding program designed to allow for every West Virginia student to have a personalized education.
“This law will create a modern education funding program that will allow families to access education funds to ensure their child receives a personalized and individualized education,” said Andrew Clark, executive director of yes. every kid. “This is the future of education, and we urge Governor Jim Justice to sign this bill into law to make this program a reality. This past year has shown us the gaps in our education system, and it’s also highlighted the need to emerge from this pandemic by designing a student’s education around their needs, and that’s exactly what the Hope Scholarship Program will do.
“I want to especially recognize the leadership of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, Association of Christian Schools International, Catholic Education Partners, Americans for Prosperity – West Virginia, EdChoice, Excel in Ed, and leaders in the West Virginia Legislature who championed this bill.”
The Hope Scholarship Program would provide West Virginia students the opportunity to use a new education scholarship account (ESA) program, that would provide students with up to $4,600 to use each year toward creating an individualized learning experience. The accounts would pay for a variety of education related expenses including classes or courses, tuition, tutoring, learning devices, education material and other qualified education-related expenses.
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