Education Excellence for all House bill HB1164
What is the Education Excellence For All Act?

The Virginia Education Excellence For All Act provides parents with educational flexibility and choice. The legislation allocates one-third of the State’s educational per pupil expenditure to a parent- controlled education savings account (ESA), while leaving the remaining two- thirds for public school use. The ESA may be used by the parent to fund private school or in home instruction.

How much can my child receive?

For the average local school district, the ESA amount is approximately $5,000 each year. The amount varies by local school district and is subject to change each year based on the State’s education funding formula.

How can I spend my child’s ESA funds?
  • textbooks
  • private school
  • private tutoring
  • online learning
  • testing
  • credentialing
  • educational therapy
  • transportation
  • technology
  • college credits
  • and more!
With and Without ESA
When will the funding be available?

Legislation must first be passed by the Virginia General Assembly. Once enacted, the program will most likely be available one school year following enactment. Parents will be able apply on a schedule and in a manner like that used to withdraw a student from public school and place them in a private school or in home instruction, per existing law.

How do I know if my child is eligible?

The proposed ESA will be open to all Virginia resident public school students (1) who are not currently enrolled in private school or receiving in home instruction; (2) have attended public school for at least two semesters prior to applying for an ESA or who are entering pre-K, Kindergarten, or first grade for the first time; and (3) whose family income is less than or equal to 300% of the poverty guidelines or whose family income is less than or equal to 400% of the poverty guidelines and whose student receives special education pursuant to an individualized Education Program (IEP).

My child is homeschooled. Are they eligible?

Current homeschoolers and private school students are not eligible unless they return to public school to meet the two-semester minimum enrollment period and family income criteria.

I have more than one child. Are they all eligible?

A Virginia ESA is allotted for each child, not each family. If you are a resident of Virginia and your two children are enrolled in a public-school for two-semesters prior to the legislation’s enactment, each of your students is eligible for a scholarship.

Contact the Committee Members to Let Them Know

You Want Them To Vote “Yes” on House Bill HB1164

First NameLast NameDistrict #Room #PartyCapitol PhoneDistrict PhoneEmail
Shelly A.Simonds (Chair)70th1106D(804) 698-1070(757)
Alex Q.Askew95th920D(804) 698-1095(757)
Rae C.Cousins79th917D(804) 698-1079(804)
Atoosa R.Reaser27th1016D(804) 698-1027
Destiny L.LeVere Bolling80th1101D(804) 698-1080(804)
Carrie E.Coyner75th710R(804) 698-1075(804)
Mike A.Cherry74th706R(804) 698-1074(804)
William C.Green69th816R(804) 698-1069(757)
SamRasoul (Ex-Officio)38th910D(804) 698-1038(540)