|Massachusetts Considers Prohibiting Tax Break for Private and Religious School Tuition:Massachusetts legislators are considering a budget amendment that would prohibit residents from using tax-advantaged college savings plans, commonly referred to as 529 plans, to pay for private or religious school tuition. The pending legislation in Massachusetts would not alter federal law, but would eliminate tax breaks at the state level for those using 529 plans for K-12 private or religious school tuition. Previously, 529 plans could only be used for postsecondary education purposes, but under the new federal tax law the plans can be used for K-12 private and religious school tuition, as well.
Missouri Governor Appoints New State Board Members, Resumes Board Policymaking Abilities:This week, Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R), who took office on June 1, 2018 after the resignation of former Governor Eric Greitens (R), appointed two new members to the State Board of Education. With the new appointments, the board has enough members to vote and advance policy for the first time in six months. Now that it has a quorum, Governor Parson expects the board to begin a national search for Missouri’s next Commissioner of Education.
North Carolina Supreme Court Rules on Authority Over K-12 School System: On Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled on whether the State Board of Education or the State Superintendent of Education has rightful control over the state’s K-12 schools, upholding a lower court’s decision that a 2016 law transferring some of the State Board of Education’s power to the State Superintendent is constitutional. Both the State Board of Education and current State Superintendent Mark Johnson haveexpressed support for the Court’s decision, each side claiming that the ruling reaffirms their respective authority.
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