SC lawmakers get advice on school choice

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers are getting advice on how to implement a private school choice plan.

The State newspaper reported ( ) a committee on Thursday listened to experts on how private school-choice programs are working around the country.

South Carolina's program offers tax credits for donations made to provide scholarships for students with disabilities to attend private school.

The program was contained in the state budget this year and lawmakers are working on how to strengthen the program in permanent state law next year.

John Cunningham with the National Conference of State Legislatures says Florida is saving money. He says Florida is saving about $1.50 for every dollar it spends in its school choice program that provides tax credits for private school scholarship donations.

Information from: The State,

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