SAFE grants ruling

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Governor McMaster says he'll ask the State Supreme Court to reconsider its decision saying his plan to allocate $32 million in federal pandemic aid to private and religious schools is unconstitutional.  

The ruling says that's because public money would directly benefit private schools.

The governor unveiled the plan in July at Hampton Park Christian School in Greenville.  

Funding comes from South Carolina's 48-million dollar share of the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security," the CARES Act, part of the federal stimulus package.  

McMaster's plan would allow South Carolina's private, parochial and "independent" schools to offer needs-based tuition aid to about 5,000 students.  

The Governor's office says more than 15,000 families have asked about it. 

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