House rejects private school choice -- again

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina House has rejected the latest plan to help parents send their children to private school by granting tax credits.

Representatives voted 60-59 on Wednesday to kill the bill. A Senate committee already has rejected the idea.

The idea has died repeatedly in the Legislature since former Gov. Mark Sanford pushed the first version in 2004.

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The bill would give tax breaks to parents who can afford to pay tuition up front. Poor parents could apply for scholarships. Those who donate money for those scholarships could take the tax break.

The key differences were that the amount of tax credit or scholarship would vary by district, and parents with children already in private school would get no break for several years.

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