Lexie’s Law

In 2009, this program transitioned from a voucher program to a scholarship tax credit program. Student enrollment data for years before 2009–10 is for the voucher program.

Program Information

  • STC
  • Program Type: Scholarship Tax Credit Program, Special Needs Program, Corporate

Student Participation

  • Student must:
    • Have been placed in foster care at any time before the student graduates from high school or obtains a GED; or
    • Be identified as having a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, identified by a school district as a student with a disability or identified as eligible to receive disability services from a school district
  • Must not discriminate on the basis of race, color, handicap, familial status or national origin, and must satisfy the requirements prescribed by federal law for private schools
  • Require teachers to be fingerprinted
  • Use at least 90% of contributions for scholarships
  • Make scholarships available for more than one school
  • Allow the state to verify that scholarships are awarded to students attending a qualified school
  • Report annually to the state:
    • Data on accepted contributions, grants awarded, dollar amount of scholarships granted to students who qualify for the free or reduced-price lunch program
    • Dollar amount of scholarships granted to those students whose household income falls between 185% and 342% of the federal poverty guidelines ($46,435 and $85,842 for family of four in 2018)
    • Amount of money being held for identified student scholarships in future years
    • List of participating schools with the number and dollar amount of scholarship awards received
    • Salary of the STO’s top three officials for the fiscal year
    • Proof of independent review of financial statements by a certified public accountant

Data Update

Scholarships Awarded
936
Schools Participating
148
STOs Operating
14
2016 Donations
$5,000,000

Financial

Scholarship Cap
- Whichever is less:
-- Tuition of private school
-- 90% of the cost to send the child to public school
Tax Credit Value
- 100% of donation
Donor Tax Credit Cap
- None
Statewide Cap
- $5 million