South Carolina’s The State reports School choice fails in SC Senate
COLUMBIA — A proposal that would give tax breaks to parents of home-schooled and private-school students was defeated in the Senate Wednesday.
The Senate debated the proposal, offered by Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley, as an amendment to the state budget starting July 1.
The article said the state would lose $39.1 million in tax revenues, but I think that’s consideration relative to whether it stays in the taxpayers/users’ pocket directly or not.
The proposal would give tax deductions of $4,000 for private-school students, $2,000 for home-schooled children, and $1,000 for students attending a school in another district.
“This tax voucher would take more money out of the public school system that we desperately need,” said Bobby Parker, Lancaster County school district chairman.
Apparently, this issue comes up each year in the SC legislature regarding the state budget.