Bill Description: House Bill 181 would increase per-student funding for the Advanced Opportunities program by $500. It would also remove a cap that restricts how much funding each student can spend on career technical education (CTE) courses per year.
Does the bill expand the existing government monopoly on education and shrink family and student choice or agency? (-) Conversely, does the bill expand the ability for families and students to choose the educational options that best meet their needs free of government intervention or coercion? (+)
House Bill 181 would remove a cap that allows students to spend only $500 per course, up to a total of $1,000 per year, from their Advanced Opportunities funds on CTE workforce training courses. By removing this cap, House Bill 181 expands the ability for students to choose educational options that best fit their career plans.
Does the bill finance education based on the student rather than the institution? (+) Conversely, does the bill finance education based on an institution or system? (-)
House Bill 181 would increase the amount of funding allocated to each student participating in the Advanced Opportunities program by $500, bringing each student’s total amount to $4,625. Students can use the money to finance options like overload courses, CTE exams, advanced placement or international baccalaureate tests, college entrance exams, and CTE workforce training programs.
According to the fiscal note, House Bill 181 would add $10 million in additional spending to the Advanced Opportunities program. This increases spending within the existing public education system, which is the primary beneficiary, as the majority of funding is spent on courses or programs at public school districts, community colleges, or universities.
Does the bill reinforce the idea of equal treatment under the law, merit, individual responsibility, personal agency, and expectations of academic excellence? (+) Conversely, does the bill allow for any type of discrimination against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group for any purpose on the basis of race, sex, color, economic class, ethnicity, national origin, geographic area, legacy status, or other identity group? (-)
House Bill 181 would allow for continued discrimination against private and homeschool students. Only public school students and homeschool students enrolled at public schools are able to participate in the Advanced Opportunities program. The bill increases funding only for these students.