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SC school choice bill advanced

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - A bill that uses taxpayer money to help South Carolina parents send their children to private schools has advanced, even though a legislative panel voted against it.

A Senate subcommittee voted 6-4 Wednesday to send the bill to the full Education Committee with a negative recommendation.

The unusual move came after an attempt to delay the vote failed. Advocates say the vote shows they're making progress. Similar proposals have died repeatedly in the Legislature.

The latest measure would allow parents to claim tax credits between roughly $2,400 and $4,900 to offset tuition costs.

The highest credit would go to parents of disabled students. Businesses could get credits for donating to groups that give scholarships to poor students.

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