- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a school choice measure that offers tax credits to insurance companies for private school scholarship donations.

Daugaard signed the bill Friday.

Supporters say the law gives parents the opportunity to make a choice about where they want their children to go to school.

Public education advocates opposed it, saying that the state has an obligation to provide public education and that the measure could unconstitutionally direct public funds to religious schools.

Boosters say case law supports that tax credits are not public funds and don’t violate the prohibition.

Insurance companies can get an 80 percent tax credit for total contributions to a grant organization that would award the scholarships. The total amount of credits would be capped at $2 million each budget year.

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