- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved state-funded scholarships that will enable parents to enroll children in private or parochial schools next fall.

The Baltimore Sun (https://bsun.md/1QmN9hS ) reports that lawmakers included $5 million in the state budget this session for the scholarship program.

The scholarships will go to low-income students who want to attend a school with tuition lower than $14,000. Parents must apply to get the funds and the Maryland State Department of Education will write the rules for how the money will be divided. An advisory board will then determine how many students receive money and the amount of the tuition scholarship.

Maryland joins 30 states and Washington as places with some form of school choice program.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, https://www.baltimoresun.com

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