SC legislators kill private school choice bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina legislators have again killed a bill to use taxpayer money to help parents send their children to private schools.

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday sent the bill back to a subcommittee, essentially killing the proposal. The subcommittee had advanced the bill two weeks ago with a negative recommendation.

Senators unanimously approved a bill requiring districts to expand choices within public schools. Sen. Larry Grooms says he will try to attach private school choice to the measure on the Senate floor. An effort to do that in committee failed 11-4.

The idea of helping parents afford private tuition through tax credits and scholarships has failed repeatedly in the Legislature since 2004. The latest version provided tax credits of up to $4,900.



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