Last week an exciting school choice bill was introduced in the SC House. In the bill, state funding provided to a school district for an eligible student would be redirected so that parents can use it to pay for their child’s private school tuition—at a school such as BJA. A companion bill is to be introduced to the SC Senate this week.
House Bill 3681, or the Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Account Act (EOESA), includes:
- Qualified students—students with special needs or in foster care, military families, families with low income
- Limitation to avoid overwhelming the system—eligible students must be transferring from a public school, entering kindergarten, or from a military family
- Funding—all the funding their school district receives on their behalf from the state (does not include local or federal funds), currently an average of around $5,500 for the student each year
Obviously, this would be a tremendous help to many families who desire Christian education but struggle to afford it. The lion’s share of your state taxes goes to education. Why shouldn’t parents desiring Christian education realize the benefit of those tax dollars?
What can you do?
- Pray that God will widen the doors of opportunity for Christian education.
- Encourage your legislators to support the bills.
- Learn more at Palmetto Promise.
Thanks in advance for helping promote school choice. Not only will this program help families, but it will also strengthen Christian schools, and—an even bigger vision—enable us to start schools in towns where Christian schools were never thought possible.
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