COLUMBIA – Advocates of a bill helping South Carolina parents pay for private tuition are urging senators to approve it.

Several dozen people wearing T-shirts that read “School Choice is the Right Choice” gathered at the Statehouse today.

The House passed the measure four weeks ago on a 65-49 vote. Proponents called it a historic win after eight years of repeated defeats.

The bill would allow parents to take a $4,000 tax deduction per child for tuition paid and $2,000 for homeschool expenses. It also allows people and businesses to claim tax credits for donating to newly created nonprofits giving scholarships to poor and disabled students. The scholarships could not cover more than 75 percent of tuition.

Budget advisors expect the bill to reduce state revenues by $37 million next fiscal year.