House panel to weigh private school choice

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Legislation that helps parents send their children to private school is again up for debate in a South Carolina House subcommittee.

A House Ways and Means panel is set to take up the legislation Wednesday afternoon. It will be its third meeting this year on the proposal.

The idea of using tax credits to help parents foot the bill for private tuition has died repeatedly in the Legislature and divided Republicans.

The latest proposal says parents who already have children in private school would be limited to a reduced tax break after several years.

State economic advisers estimate the latest proposal would cost the state $133 million when fully implemented. Supporters question the figures. They think more students would transfer from public school, saving the state money.

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