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      SC's private-school choice program on hold

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's first private school choice program is on hold until a state agency can evaluate the nonprofit organizations that want to hand out scholarships to special-needs students.

      The State newspaper reports four groups are seeking approval from the Education Oversight Committee to accept donations and provide scholarships. They cannot do anything until the committee verifies that they meet the qualifications that legislators required. Those include background and financial checks of board members.

      The program legislators approved last summer was supposed to start Jan. 1. It will end in six months unless legislators extend it.

      Agency spokeswoman Dana Yow said Friday the first group applied Dec. 5. The agency hired an attorney a week later to conduct the evaluations. Two of the groups have yet to submit completed applications.

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      Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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