SC’s latest private school choice plan advances

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A House panel has advanced the latest attempt to help parents send their children to private schools in South Carolina.

Measures that use tax credits and scholarships to offset the cost of private tuition have failed repeatedly in the Legislature over the last decade. The issue has divided Republicans as out-of-state money poured into campaign coffers to push the idea.

House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White says the bill he’s sponsoring is a home-grown plan with cost controls.

Chief differences from earlier proposals include parents being able to claim tax deductions rather tax credits, and a cap on the amount of tax credits given to those donating toward scholarships for poor children.

State budget advisors expect the measure to reduce state revenues by $37 million in 2012-13.

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