Conservatives who support school choice and parental rights should be pleased by yesterday’s press conference urging approval of a tax credit for parents of special needs children. The presence of Democratic ( Lucas and Glazier) and Republican (Stam and Wiley) leaders attests to the bill’s broad appeal, as well as to its chances for passage. The bill has already been approved by the House Committee on Education. Results of a statewide poll conducted by Public Policy Polling reveal 80 percent of all North Carolinians favor a bill allowing tuition tax credits for parents of special needs children. The legislation underscores the right of parents to provide a free and appropriate education for their children, no matter their health status. According to House Republican minority leader, Rep. Paul Stam, the bill would save counties about $6 million a year. Florida and Arizona have similar programs. Let’s hope North Carolina is added to the list and that this legislation is merely a first step in providing all North Carolinians more choice in education.