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January 23, 2014

STATE HOUSE: State's first private-school choice scholarship recipient visits State House

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Evan Cobb, 11, said Thursday was the best day of his life.

He toted a big check, far taller than he is, around the State House, meeting lawmakers and asking with wide-eyed amazement: "Are you a senator?"

They posed with Evan -- who they said is the first recipient of the state's first private-school choice scholarship program for children with special needs -- and tweeted their pictures. Evan and his mother Dorothy Cobb, who live in Greer, were introduced in both chambers.

The check Evan held was for $5,000 written to Hidden Treasure, a special education Christian school in Taylors, to help defray the cost of Evan's special education.

The scholarship money came from Advance Carolina, affiliated with the S.C. Association of Christian Schools and one of four nonprofits authorized to take donations and award scholarships to pay for children with special needs to attend private schools. To encourage donations, the General Assembly passed a new tax credit last year, offering dollar-for-dollar tax cuts up to 60 percent of a person's liability.

The program recently was on hold while awaiting the state's approval of the scholarship-granting organizations.

Read more about that program here, here and here.

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