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Private School Tuition Bill Passes First Hurdle

A bill that would expand a new state tax-credit system that pays for scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools has passed a hurdle.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that a majority of the House Education Committee approved the expansion Monday. Next, it needs to pass a vote on the House floor.

Currently, the program allows certain businesses to donate money for private school scholarships. In return, they can deduct part of the donation value from their tax bills.

Proponents say it expands educational options. Opponents say it hurts state coffers and may be unconstitutional.

Under the expansion, families could earn more and still qualify. It also would allow more taxpayers to receive the credit and increases the amount that could be subtracted from tax bills.