Kansas has one private school choice program (tax-credit scholarships). The state has a limited charter school law. Kansas enables public virtual schooling. Limited open enrollment exists, only for interdistrict public school choice.
Laws and Regulations Governing Private Schools
Both tax credit and voucher programs are school choice options for Kansas.
The Kansas Constitution contains a Compelled Support Clause and a Blaine Amendment but neither has received much judicial attention. Relative to other states’ variations, the scope of the Kansas Blaine Amendment is very limited; it only prevents religious sects from controlling public educational funds. As vouchers can be funded from any number of revenue sources and neither vouchers nor tax benefit programs give public money directly to religious schools, there is no possibility for religious control of the public education fund as a result of school choice programs. Additionally, Kansas’ case law demonstrates a strong tendency for adhering to federal precedent on Establishment Clause issues. In Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld school choice programs under the federalConstitution.
–Quote from the Institute for Justice (April 2007)
School Choice Programs
Kansas’ Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program allows corporations to claim a 70 percent tax credit for contributions to approved Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs), nonprofits that provide private school scholarships. There is no...
Entrepreneurs looking to start a private school might behoove themselves by focusing on states with private school choice programs. This checklist assists by examining the regulations affecting private schools in states with such programs.
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