TRENTON - (AP) - A bill advancing Governor Chris Christie'sschool choice agenda has been approved after a four-hour hearing.

The measure would establish a five-year pilot program grantingtax credits to businesses that contribute toward educationscholarships.

The scholarships would allow children in 13 low-income districtsto transfer out of failing schools to attend another public schoolor a private or parochial school.

Much of yesterday's debate centered on whether money earmarkedfor public education should be diverted to private education.

Senator Tom Kean Jr., a co-sponsor, said more than half of the$16,000 spent to educate a child each year would follow thestudent.

Opponents say the aid drain would doom already failing schoolsand the children left in them.