BOISE -- The House voted 35-33 to create a tax break for those who donate to private and religious school scholarships, saying it will promote school choice for parents who don't think the public classroom is right for their kids.

The razor-thin decision Wednesday sends the bill the Senate.

Two lawmakers were absent, Republican Reps. Fred Wood of Burley and Frank Henderson of Post Falls.

The bill creates tax credits worth up to $10 million annually.

Proponents said this provides more choice for parents seeking a public school alternative.

Scholarships would be limited to kids based on income requirements, but a family of four people that earns $63,900 annually could qualify.

Foes said it would siphon more money from Idaho's general fund -- and undermine public schools that are already insufficiently funded.

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