SC agencies prepare for school choice

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state Revenue Department and education leaders have told lawmakers they are preparing to implement South Carolina's first private school choice plan.

The State newspaper reported ( the state Education Oversight Committee is working on ways to approve more private schools before Jan. 1, when the program is to start.

One dozen private schools have been approved so far.

People can claim tax credits on their 2014 tax returns for donations made after Jan. 1 to nonprofit groups that provide private school grants to students with disabilities.

The credits will be available for six months only, unless lawmakers extend the program.

Three organizations have been approved to receive the donations and offer the grants.

A legislative committee is considering the possible impact of a larger school choice plan.

Information from: The State,

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