EdChoice commends Kansas for expansion of tax-credit scholarship program

Low-income families will have increased access to non-public schooling

INDIANAPOLIS—EdChoice, a national nonprofit organization that promotes state-based educational choice programs, congratulates Kansas for expanding eligibility requirements for the state’s Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program. 

The TCS will now include students in grades K-8 from low-income families without any restrictions based on the school to which they are assigned; previously, students had to be assigned to one of the 100 lowest-performing schools in the state. The income eligibility threshold was also raised to 185 percent of the federal poverty line. Gov. Laura Kelly signed the legislation today.

“This expansion is an important step toward providing all children in Kansas with access to the education that meets their individual learning needs,” said Jason Bedrick, Director of Policy at EdChoice, which advocates for universal school choice programs. “The year of educational choice just keeps delivering wins for families across the country.”

The Kansas tax-credit scholarship program was enacted in 2014 and launched in 2015, making it Kansas’s first school choice program.