A bill that would give students who transfer from public to private schools up to $4,200 a year to pay tuition was filed Monday in the House.
House bill 994 would set aside $40 million in the budget year beginning July 1, and $50 million the following year to award the scholarships.
Rep. Rob Bryan, a first term Republican from Charlotte is the lead sponsor. Another Republican and two Democrats are signed on as primary sponsors.
Under the bill, families that are at 300 percent of federal poverty level or below would be eligible. This year, 300 percent of the federal poverty level is $70,650 for a family of four.
Battle lines have already been drawn over this issue. A group of public school supporters is working on fighting it.
Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina sent out a statement praising the bill: "This bipartisan measure represents the demand of parents who, despite their committed efforts, have to watch their children suffer academically because of where they live and how much they make."
Clarification: In the first year, 2013-14, the income ceiling is 225 percent of federal poverty level.