House Debates "School Choice" Measure

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Kansas House has taken up legislation creating a school choice scholarship program funded by corporate donations.

The measure being debated Monday would let parents of low-income or special needs children in elementary or secondary grades apply for scholarships to send their children to private or parochial schools.

Corporations would receive tax credits for contributions to a qualifying scholarship-granting organization.

Supporters say the proposal would give parents who might not otherwise afford it an alternative to sending their children to public schools.

Opponents say there are too many questions about the tax credit provisions and whether schools accepting the scholarships would be accredited.

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