A hearing on a broad voucher bill was pushed to after crossover, but a bill offering vouchers for disabled students to attend private schools continued its march to the House floor.
A bill offering vouchers of up to $6,000 a year to pay private school tuition for special education students who leave public schools cleared the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. The bill would replace a relatively new law that offers tax credits to parents for the same purpose.
Low-income parents are excluded from the tax credit's advantages.
"We want to give everybody the opportunity to have a high quality education," said Rep. Marcus Brandon, a High Point Democrat and a bill sponsor.
The bill's opponents said that the money won't come close to helping needy families, just those who can afford to supplement the voucher with their own money.
"We need to be pouring more money into the public system to help all children," said Rep. Verla Insko, a Chapel Hill Democrat.