SC legislators kill private school choice bill

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 11:13 AM
Last updated 12:33 PM
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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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willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 05/13/09 - 01:38 pm
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Now, let's kill this bill

Now, let's kill this bill again in 2010! Private schools will be committing highway robbery by stealing money from public schools if this bill passes.

johnny24
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johnny24 05/13/09 - 01:44 pm
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willistontownsc- Curious:

willistontownsc- Curious: How would private schools be stealing money from public schools? It seems like the fewer students in a school, the less the cost. Wont taxpayers still be financing public schools at the same rate?

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coolette 05/13/09 - 01:52 pm
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I think it would force pubic

I think it would force pubic schools to be more competitive. And get rid of the teachers that are lazy and don't teach!! Private schools get by on shoe string budgets and get the job done. They encourage parent involvement and demand discipline in the classroom.

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truthteller 05/13/09 - 02:13 pm
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South Carolina finally does

South Carolina finally does something sensible. Congratulations!

johnny24
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johnny24 05/13/09 - 02:17 pm
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coolette...solid logic...also

coolette...solid logic...also if a parent is directly paying for their child's education, the parent is active and interested in their child and their investment; they will ensure their child is also invested in most cases. Some parents cannot afford private schools tuition; a different story. I'm confident the child of a caring parent will recieve a solid educational foundation at a public school.

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dadgethiskids 05/13/09 - 04:13 pm
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This issue may cause some

This issue may cause some legal problems within the state. The state now divides taxes (revenues) up between the counties. These revenues are not divided equally. For instance, Aiken County recieves $3,000 per student, while the next county over Lexington recieves $6,000 per student. This unbalanced distribution of funds is the reason "some parents" want tax credits for private school.

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