School vouchers

South Dakota Partners in Education Executive Director Robert Satter testifies before the state House Education Committee on Jan. 24, 2024. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

Lawmaker lacks proof for claim that private school scholarships save millions for state

BY: - January 24, 2024

PIERRE — A legislator lacked evidence Wednesday for his claim that private school scholarships funded by tax credits save millions of dollars for state government. The scholarship program is South Dakota Partners in Education. It gives insurance companies credits against state taxes on their premiums, equal to the amount of their donations to the program […]

State Sen. Jim Stalzer, R-Sioux Falls, speaks on the Senate floor during the 2023 legislative session at the Capitol in Pierre. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Bill would raise cap on private school scholarships funded by insurance companies

BY: - January 13, 2024

A bill beginning its journey through the Legislature would create more private school scholarships funded by insurance companies in exchange for tax relief.  The legislation would raise the annual tax-credit cap for insurance companies from $3.5 million to $5 million. The companies get state tax credits in exchange for donations to a private-school scholarship program for […]

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)

U.S. House GOP preps for debates on ‘parents rights,’ school vouchers and transgender athletes

BY: - February 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans laid the groundwork for some top legislative priorities during a Wednesday hearing that examined public funding for charter schools and voucher programs, as well as increasing parents’ oversight of school curriculum.  The Republican chair of the Education and the Workforce Committee, North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx, provided a forum for […]