Tax Credits For Parents Of Some Special Needs Children Fails

A House panel has rejected a bill that would have given a $6,000 annual tax credit to North Carolina parents who put their special-needs children in private school.

The House Education Committee voted 26-21 on Tuesday against approving the measure.

Supporters such as GOP Rep. Paul Stam of Wake County said the tax credit would help families when the public schools can't meet the needs of a child with disabilities.

Education groups representing teachers, school administrators and boards opposed the idea, saying it's better to keep investing in public education to help these children.

Stam said the credits would actually save government millions of dollars overall for the public schools in the cost of teaching children.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 23, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    It costs the state $5000 to $8000 per student in NC per school year, probably the 8000 dollar figure is more accurate. Most private schools are $4000.00 or less. I think it's time for the school choice debate to return. We would actually SAVE money. Oh I forgot the teacher's union would never allow the state to save money!!!!! Buzz-
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 23, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    The 26 that voted against this bill should have to teach a special education class for at least a week. This just proves the point that politicians should not be involved in education, they should be getting an education.
  • by parent on Jun 23, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    This is great, but then why are the assistants the first to go?

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