85(R) - 2017
Relating to the state virtual school network.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB610, Committee
Report 1st House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($4,887,140) through the biennium ending
August 31, 2019, assuming that the 85th Legislature makes an appropriation for the
implementation of the bill. The bill would take effect only if a specific appropriation for the
administration of the bill's provisions is provided in a general appropriations act of the 85th
Under current law, a non-profit entity, private entity, or corporation can set up a state virtual school network only if it provides evidence of prior successful experience offering online courses to middle or high school students and they have to demonstrate student success in course completion and performance, as determined by the commissioner. This bill would expand the virtual school network by allowing course providers to provide courses for kindergarten and elementary school children.
These rules would only take place if the legislature makes an appropriation for their implementation.
Vote Recommendation Notes
This bill seeks to expand the availability of the virtual school network which provides an additional choice in education. Education choice benefits individual liberty. We support this bill.