(GO UPSTATE) — After eight years of fighting, proponents of helping parents send their children to private schools won approval Wednesday in the South Carolina House.

The House voted 65-49 on a measure supporters say represents a home-grown version of a long-divisive issue fueled by out-of-state money.

Rep. Eric Bedingfield, R-Mauldin, said it’s about providing parents choices.

“I don’t believe education is a one-size-fits-all proposition,” he said. He noted students can get lottery-funded scholarships toward tuition at private colleges in the state: “Why shouldn’t we give the choices in K-12?”

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