S.C. House members are expected to take up a school choice bill Wednesday that would give state income tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools or who home school their children.
Poor students who cannot afford private school tuition could apply for scholarships.
State budget advisers have estimated the plan would cost the state $133 million a year in lost revenue when fully enacted in 13 years. Advocates say those numbers are too high.
Similar bills have died repeatedly since 2004. This bill is unlikely to escape a similar fate, at least for this year. If the bill passes the House, even advocates say they doubt the state Senate will get to it before the legislative session ends early next month.