West Virginia delegate plans to propose Education Savings Account program

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) — The Vice-Chairman of the West Virginia House of Delegates Education Committee plans to introduce legislation creating Education Savings Accounts for students. Del. Joshua Higginbotham, R-Putnam, said families who opt to enroll their student in the ESA program would receive their student’s portion of their education tax dollars to be used only for educational purposes, such as curriculum, teachers, tutors, textbooks, educational technology services and other educational resources.The amount of money these families would actually receive is not yet worked out, as he is still in the early stages of drafting the proposed legislation, Higginbotham said. 

“We actually have not put in those kind of specifics,” he said. “We’re going to wait until the session, to see what the appetite is among the legislators. I don’t want to throw a number out there until we really know what other lawmakers are comfortable with.” However, an amount of up to $2,500 per school year is the figure being considered, Higginbotham said.”We’re comparing this to what other states have done with their ESA programs,” he said. “That number seems about right.”West Virginia’s ESA program would “regularly audited” by the state Auditors Office, Higginbotham said.”Historically …

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