small school choice amendment passes SC Senate budget

schoolchoice1Amendment 137.d allows for Scholarship Granting Organizations to give scholarships to exceptional needs students. We tried universal school choice on Wednesday May, 22 and the amendment was tabled by a significant margin. Amendment 137.d is a very small step, however, it is a positive step to assist families with exceptional needs children in that it gives them a choice of where they obtain their child’s education.
The amendment allows for taxpayers that contribute to a scholarship funding organization, to apply for a tax credit of that amount up to $ 10,000. The total amount of credits given will be capped at $5million. This is a budget amendment, therefore, it is only available for the fiscal year 2013-2014. Let’s hope this new option for parents will be well received by all.