NC funds for private student grants debate revs up

Apr. 16, 2013 @ 04:24 PM

The debate on providing North Carolina taxpayer dollars to help parents pay for private school is heating up again, although one fight was seemingly settled two years ago.

The House Education Committee voted 25-10 Tuesday to approve a bill to provide scholarship grants of up to $3,000 per semester to reimburse parents with students with disabilities for the costs of private school or other services. The legislature approved tax credits in 2011, but Rep. Paul Stam of Apex says the poorest families don't pay enough taxes to benefit from the tax breaks.

Opponents say the bill is a voucher that would further underfund public schools.

Tuesday's debate provides a potential preview for a new bill filed to provide scholarships for families for children to attend private schools.