12 private schools cleared for tax credit program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Education Oversight Committee has approved 12 private schools for enrolling special-needs students under the state's first school-choice program.

The State newspaper reports the independent agency expects the list to grow.

Legislators passed the 1-year program as part of the state budget. Opponents worry it will open the door for broader legislation on private tuition.

Beginning Jan. 1, people and businesses can claim tax credits for supporting private-school scholarships for children with disabilities. Nonprofit groups will hand out the scholarships. Three have organized to do so. The law sets an $8 million limit on credits claimed.

The nonprofits can provide grants up to $10,000 toward tuition.

The schools approved so far are in Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, North Augusta, Rock Hill, Russellville in Berkeley County and Sumter.


Information from: The State,

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