Raleigh, N.C. — The state Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a new scholarship program for children with disabilities.
Under House Bill 269, parents or guardians of children with disabilities could apply for a scholarship grant of $3,000 per child per semester to help pay for private school.
"If the public school is not meeting the needs of some of these special children, this will allow them to find a school that will meet their needs," said Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph.
Tillman noted that the new tax overhaul repeals a previous educational tax credit for parents of disabled children. "This would replace that," he said.
Sen. Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, said she had seen problems as a foster mother for children with severe learning disabilities or ADD. She said public schools often simply "don't have the infrastructure" to meet those children's needs.
No one spoke in opposition to the measure.
The bill passed by a vote of 36-6. It's now headed back to the House for final approval.