Federal - S 2711

A bill to expand opportunity for Native American children through additional options in education, and for other purposes.

Introduced

March 17, 2016

Description

A bill to expand opportunity for Native American children through additional options in education, and for other purposes.

Our Position

Oppose

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 2

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  • Sept. 12, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Scott, T. (R-S.C.)
  • Sept. 7, 2016 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

    Sept. 7, 2016 — Committee Vote: Indian Education Savings Account Funding — Substitute Amendment
      McCain, R-Ariz. —

    Substitute amendment that would limit the scope of the bill's mandate to a pilot program in selected states. It would only require the Interior Department to reimburse state education savings account programs if appropriated funds are available, and it would create an application process for states to apply for fund. It would limit which states are eligible to participate in the pilot program.

    It also would direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the impact of the pilot program on the use of education savings accounts in Indian Country within three years of the bill's enactment.

    Substitute amendment that would limit the scope of the bill's mandate to a pilot program in selected states. It would only require the Interior Department to reimburse state education savings account programs if appropriated funds are available, and it would create an application process for states to apply for fund. It would limit which states are eligible to participate in the pilot program.

    It also would direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the impact of the pilot program on the use of education savings accounts in Indian Country within three years of the bill's enactment.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Sept. 7, 2016 — Committee Vote: Indian Education Savings Account Funding — Vote to Report

    Direct the Interior Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to establish a pilot grant program that would establish a fund to reimburse States that provide grants to education savings accounts for eligible students that could otherwise be attending BIA-funded schools.

    It would establish which states are eligible for this program and create the process and guidelines for states that are seeking to participate and receive reimbursements. It also would set the criteria for which students are available to receive this funding.

    As amended, it would direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the impact of this program on the use of education savings accounts in Indian Country within three years of enactment.

    Direct the Interior Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to establish a pilot grant program that would establish a fund to reimburse States that provide grants to education savings accounts for eligible students that could otherwise be attending BIA-funded schools.

    It would establish which states are eligible for this program and create the process and guidelines for states that are seeking to participate and receive reimbursements. It also would set the criteria for which students are available to receive this funding.

    As amended, it would direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the impact of this program on the use of education savings accounts in Indian Country within three years of enactment.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended) 7-6.
  • Sept. 6, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Lankford, (R-Okla.)
  • April 6, 2016 — Full committee hearing held by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

  • March 17, 2016 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Indian Affairs.Congressional Record p. S1591

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