Parents of special needs students will be eligible for scholarship grants of up to $3,000 per semester ($6,000 per academic year) under a new bill introduced earlier this week by a bipartisan group of law makers.
The legislation (HB 269), sponsored by Representatives Jonathan Jordan (R-Ashe) and Marcus Brandon (D – Guilford), allows parents to use grants too reimburse tuition costs or the costs of special education or related services. The bill also expands eligibility to include special needs students who are home schooled. To help pay for the program, the bill requests $3.6 million in state appropriations in 2013-14.
The legislation modifies an existing program that provides nonrefundable tax credits of up to $6,000 for private school tuition and other related educational expenses.
The bill is now under review by the House Education Committee.
The bill is one of a a number of bills to help expand school choice in North Carolina and provide greater educational opportunities for parents and students.