1st School Choice Scholarship in SC recipient, Mr. Evan Cobb

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This morning we were able to meet Mr. Evan Cobb, of Greenville. Evan is the first recipient of a scholarship created in last year’s budget. Evan attends Hidden Treasures Christian School. His $5,000 scholarship was granted by Advance Carolina.

For the first time in our state’s history, some South Carolina students will have school choice. I sponsored and amendment allowing for South Carolina taxpayers to receive a tax credit matching a contribution to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO’s). These SGO’s will offer scholarships to special needs children for up to $10,000 per year. The credit is capped at 60% of their tax liability. The tax credits are capped at $8 million.

All would agree that special needs children’s education must be individualized and this is very expensive. I would like to extend tax credits for school choice to all children in South Carolina. I am confident that when we hear the success stories from children and their parents, we will get the momentum to expand school choice in South Carolina

This is a historical day in South Carolina!