Some families can’t afford to put their children with disabilities into private schools that better suit their needs. Sponsors of a bill the House concurred on on Monday aim to fix that.
“This is an opportunity for children with special needs to get some educational help where they’re not receiving it,” said Rep. Paul Stam of Apex, a Republican. “The big change is that it makes parents who are too poor to pay income taxes eligible for the same program that those who do pay income tax are eligible for.”
House Bill 269 amends a relatively new law that offers tax credits to parents who want to place their children with disabilities in private schools. The new bill offers a $6,000 per year scholarship, instead of a tax credit so low-income families who don't pay taxes can use it. Critics of the law say it takes away from public schools.