RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina lawmakers are agreeing to let more parents of disabled students use taxpayer money to attend private schools.
The state House on Monday gave final approval to a bill that replaces a tax credit program with a $3,000-per-semester grant that sponsors say will broaden eligibility to poorer residents. Supporters said the original program passed last year excluded parents who don't pay income taxes from taking advantage of the credit.
Opponents said up to $6,000 in grants will offer little help if a child's private school setting costs two or three times that amount, so the money will most help people already sending their children to private school.
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