- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Private nonprofit groups forced to close by state law have turned over about $42,000 in remaining donations to a new state-run charity that’s replacing their role in South Carolina’s private school tuition program.

Concerns over how the private nonprofits distributed scholarships prompted legislators to shut them down. The state budget set an Aug. 1 deadline.

The State newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/2aPqrp7 ) most of the transferred money came from Palmetto Kids First, the organization behind the concerns. A state audit found it violated state law by giving grants to donors’ children.

The Legislature approved the limited program for children with disabilities in 2014. Scholarship donors can collectively claim up to $10 million in dollar-for-dollar tax credits.

Two other nonprofits that were state-certified to receive donations and grant scholarships transferred about $5,000 total.

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