Bill Description: House Bill 172 allows students in public schools to earn credit for learning or work done outside of the classroom.
Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?
House Bill 172 creates “Extended Learning Opportunities,” codifies the practice through which public school students can earn course credit for learning or work done outside of the classroom. For example, students can earn credit for engaging in internships, organized sports or music lessons. This bill allows parents to personalize their child's education by enrolling their child in activities or providing them opportunities, based on the child’s needs, that the public school system may not offer. This bill allows parents more flexibility to make educational choices for their children, which is a step toward diminishing the government's monopoly on the education system and increasing freedom in education by allowing students to go where their needs are met.
Does it increase government redistribution of wealth? Conversely, does it decrease government spending or debt?
House Bill 172 does not allow public schools to use credit earned through the extended learning opportunities program to calculate average daily attendance or enrollment, which would otherwise increase school funding. Therefore this bill does not increase wealth redistribution in any way.