Missouri governor signs school voucher bill into law

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri students as soon as next year could have access to scholarships for private school through a new tax credit program.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signed the tax credit program into law. Under the voucher-style program, private donors would give money to nonprofits that in turn would dole out scholarships to low-income families.

Donors would get state tax credits equal to the amount they donate. Parson’s signature represents a long-sought victory for primarily GOP advocates of so-called school choice legislation.

Critics say such programs funnel money away from public schools by drawing students out of those districts, leading to a drop in attendance and and a subsequent drop in funding.

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